Huestis, Butler says, was fine w/ arrangement. Didn't want to go to Europe, would do D-League thing only for two franchises: OKC, Spurs.
The new CBA was designed to save owners from themselves. But what's going to save them from the Spurs?
Take away the glaring Richard Jefferson blunder, and the Spurs likely would've paid under $2 million in luxury tax ... in the last 11 years.
Spurs luxury tax payments since 2002: $187K in 2002-03, $890K in 2005-06, $196K in 2006-07, $8.8 million in 2009-10, $2.5 million in 2011-12
FWIW, the Spurs have only exceeded the luxury tax in five of the last 11 seasons.
Spurs payroll currently sits at $67.7 million. They can add a guy for full MLE and duck the luxury tax for the third straight year.
The Spurs didn't have any room for a Summer League title anyway, says the spoiled Spurs fan.
The Rockets still have the same amount of Summer League championships as the Spurs. Silver lining!
The Australia stop on the Spurs trophy tour is finished. Next stop(s), in order: Italy, New York, California, France (twice), Canada.
So, basically, Boris/Patty/Bonner only have to be 60 percent as good this season for the Spurs to get positive return on investment.
The Spurs will spend $12.75 million on Diaw, Mills and Bonner next year. The trio produced 12.3 win shares last year = ~$19.7 million value.
Marion would be a nice fit for the Spurs but they don't have the roster space and (likely) sufficient minutes in the rotation.
Regarding Shawn Marion ... Yes, he's "seeking" the MLE (which the Spurs have) but it doesn't mean they are pursuing him.
The Spurs have $67.1 million committed to 15 players, including Bryce Cotton's partially guaranteed contract. Luxury tax is $77 million.
(This is totally going to end with the Spurs getting him for like $2m a year)
Spurs have made the Matt Bonner signing official as well
Spurs have officially re-signed Matt Bonner, the team announced.