Peter Holt, You’re On Notice
Kudos to the man for helping us win three championships and for shelling out lots of big, long-term contracts for a small-market team. And I respect the concept of fiscal responsibility (even though I’m a left-wing, tax-and-spend whacko). But why did he force management to trim our roster to 13 players? There were a couple of young guys on our preseason roster who would have been good long-term prospects for the team to develop, and it really wouldn’t have cost Holt that much to pony up for at least one of them. (Yes, the team is facing a luxury-tax penalty, but the way the system works, one minimum contract wouldn’t make a big difference.) What particularly worries me is that we only have four true swingmen on our roster, and three of them are 32 or older. Why the hell didn’t we keep Melvin Sanders, who would have given us some athleticism and defense at off guard and small forward, might have saved our asses in the event of an injury, and might even have developed into a real contributor down the road? According to Johnny Ludden, he had the right personality and work ethic to be Spurs material. What’s especially egregious is that this decision was made despite the fact that the Spurs don’t have any sure-fire prospects in the pipeline (i.e. players developing in Europe) at these positions, where we’re aging rapidly.
Peter Holt, you’re on notice.
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