By now, I have squashed all Spurs’ fans hopes for a blockbuster roster addition. I have crushed the dreams that involve luring Batum and/or Hibbert to San Antonio.
That does not mean I cannot slip in something wacky on the last slide.
Since most previews of this ilk include a token radical trade idea or a prospective free agent signing that has less chance of coming to fruition than a Susan Boyle gangster rap album, here is mine.
How about Kevin Garnett in a Spurs uniform, swatting shots and intimidating opposing bigs next to Duncan?
There are a few minor problems with my proposition.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard wrote in a recent profile of the Spurs’ foundation that Duncan hates Garnett.
Um, yeah, that’s an issue.
They play the same position and have been franchise anchors for most of their careers.
Duncan and Garnett ranked third and fourth, respectively, on the list of the NBA’s highest paid players.
Would both pending free agents ever accept the challenge of joining forces?
Garnett, like Duncan, could opt for retirement after a Hall of Fame tenure.
I will assume for a moment, though, that two of the greatest interior defenders ever can put all of the above aside in pursuit of a joint, career-capping title.
Would The Big Ticket ever ink a one-year deal for the mid-level exception?
The difference between this and trying to fetch Batum or Hibbert: Garnett doesn’t believe he will be a max-level star for the next decade. He's not THAT arrogant.
Batum and Hibbert posted impressive numbers this season, and they will want to be compensated thusly.
The Spurs don’t possess the cap space or the financial wherewithal to pursue an expensive young stud this summer.
If Garnett is willing to give it another go at a reduced rate, presuming Buford and Popovich could convince him to leave Boston in favor of San Antonio, the front office could make the numbers work under the new collective bargaining agreement.
It would mean saying “adios” to Diaw or Green, maybe both.
Garnett would join a rotation with Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Splitter and Leonard. Popovich would get the elite defensive squad back he has missed since 2008.
The team that finished second in the league in points per game would gain another weapon capable of scoring in numerous ways if the opponents loaded up on Duncan, Parker or Ginobili.
Good luck stopping that, Scott Brooks.
Will this ever happen? Cue up that Susan Boyle cover of “Gin and Juice.”