Spurs Close to Signing Yiannis Bouroussis

Joe BendiezContributor IJune 7, 2009

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So, recently I was catching up on some blog posts that I may have missed on 48minutesofhell.com. The most recent one really got my 2010 championships dreams ringing. According to reports, the San Antonio Spurs have offered a deal to Yiannis Bouroussis.. If you can't pronounce, don't worry I can't either.

My first reaction to seeing this guy was that he was great size and looked very intimidating. then I saw that he was from Europe. If you know me, I'm not too fond of Euro League players coming to the NBA. But then I took a look at his stats.

He's 6' 11", 247 lbs., 25 years old, ranked No. 1 in overseas free agents and can play either side of the post (PF/C). This kid looks pretty good, and he'll fit in with the rest of the team. Something that also struck me was that he was compared to Troy Murphy.

I've said before in a YouCastr broadcast that I'd like very much to see Murphy in a Spurs uniform. So, this might be the next best thing.

The reason he is compared to Indiana's Murphy is that he has range, which is very good, but hopefully not as inconsistent as Matt Bonner. However, Bonner did shoot 40 percent from the three-point line in his most recent season of basketball. He doesn't average too many points though, but he makes up for it on defense.

Reports say that he has been offered a three-year contract which will give Bouroussis around $10-12 million. And if he does accept, I can't wait to get this guy who is said to be very productive on the court.

Something I almost forgot to mention is that he is great on the pick and roll. Now, once he signs that dotted line, we'll need to give him a nickname, because Yiannis Bouroussis is too hard to remember.