The San Antonio Spurs need to shore up their frontcourt if they want to make some noise down the stretch this season.
Tim Duncan is a lock to be at the PF position, but with Tiago Splitter sidelined – and still a few weeks away from coming back – and Matt Bonner also expected to miss time after suffering a broken nose last night against the Portland Trail Blazers, they only options the team has are Aaron Baynes, Jeff Ayres and Boris Diaw.
Out of the three, Diaw is the most reliable on the offensive side of the ball, but his lack of height and the fact that he’s better suited to be a stretch-four leaves him out of the equation. Aaron Baynes is quite raw and he has only seen garbage time this season, so the only option seems to be Jeff Ayres. And even though he has filled in for Splitter nicely, the Spurs would be wise to make a trade in order to bolster their frontcourt.
Several NBA executives have seen the Spurs’ management quite aggressive in the trade market, and that tendency is expected to increase as the deadline is approaching in a little over a month. There aren’t many big men available as of now, and Andrew Bynum doesn’t appear to be a fit for the Spurs as Gregg Popovich isn’t a fan of altering the chemistry of the locker room. This seems like a situation that will be solved near the All-Star Break.
One thing is certain, though: the Spurs need to do something. They have already struggled against the best teams in the league and having a depleted frontcourt isn’t going to help their case.