If you blinked, you may have missed the news that the San Antonio Spurs and Matt Bonner agreed to a one-year contract. It may have not caused any headlines or warranted a breaking news alert, but the move to bring back the “Red Mamba” has success written all over it.
While the most of the NBA was looking to sign the next big name available, the Spurs decided to seal up another proven veteran in a cost-effective deal. According to reports, the Spurs will give Bonner the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million for his three-point services.
What he lacks in athleticism and flash, he very well makes up for in court IQ and shooting ability. The 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game may not scream danger, but his knack for hitting timely shots when called upon is all Gregg Popovich can ask for.
San Antonio has now solidified 14 out of 15 roster spots for next season, which is remarkable considering many teams don’t even have half of their rosters filled yet. But of course, this is the Spurs we are talking about. R.C. Buford and Popovich leave nothing to chance, making each and every move a calculated one, which pays dividends in the long run.
The silent assassins of the NBA have quietly reassembled their championship group for the siege of the weakened league, especially the way the powers have shifted during free agency. The measure of a good offseason is not about the quantity of players, contracts and money, but it’s about the quality of players that are brought in. And by the looks of the NBA right now, the Spurs’ offseason is newsworthy to say the least.