San Antonio Spurs: Spurs Preparing for the Postseason with Roster Moves

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMarch 25, 2012

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu GinobiliJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

One team that has been unusually busy the past week making changes to their roster is the San Antonio Spurs.

Historically the Spurs were never big players around the trade deadline, but this season things have been very different. Given the rigors of the schedule for this season, teams have been periodically looking to add depth to their roster in order to keep their core players (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker) healthy and fresh.

Additionally, the Spurs have brought in players that could be used as a potentially favorable matchup in the postseason. Popovich chooses to bring in players that are defensively sound first and can provide help offensively in the starting lineup or off the bench.

The Spurs have added one-time Spur Stephen Jackson (and moved Richard Jefferson), Boris Diaw (through free agency after falling out of favor in Charlotte), point guard Patty Mills (backup guard) along with Justin Dentmon (for guard depth) from their D-League affiliate Austin Toros.

The Stephen Jackson acquisition could be an underrated one as Popovich may be one of the very few coaches in the league that can get the most out of Jackson and keep him in check. Jackson has shown in the past that he can be a great addition with his shooting and defensive abilities.

The signing of Boris Diaw is another great move as he brings an all-around game that will most likely be seen in the postseason especially depending on the Spurs opponent. Diaw has played at the center spot during his time with the Phoenix Suns and knowing Popovich he will see time at that spot this season.

The signing of Mills and Dentmon are moves for the future as the Spurs could be looking to replace what T.J. Ford was supposed to do although injuries forced him to retire from the NBA.

It is expected that all of these roster moves by the Spurs will help them to make another run at a NBA Championship.