There’s just over one month remaining in the regular season – a crucial time for fantasy owners trying to finish in the money. Unfortunately, many NBA coaches won’t make things easy for you.
A couple of things to think about as you plan for the stretch drive:
Extra rest for aging superstars
Tim Duncan was dominant Thursday night, carrying the Spurs to a narrow 92-91 win over Dallas with a 28-point, 19-rebound explosion. Of course, there’s a good reason Timmy had a little extra jump in his step – he skipped San Antonio’s previous game entirely. He didn’t even make the trip to Minnesota. Pay close attention to updates on players like Duncan, especially during back-to-backs and stretches with three games in four nights.
One of the more entertaining rumors to surface of late has the Knicks making a play for Spurs guard Tony Parker this summer.
Parker isn’t a free agent; his contract runs through the 2010-11 season, so acquiring Parker could only happen via trade. And while the Knicks don’t have many assets to include in such a deal, it’s possible Donnie Walsh could propose some sort of sign-and-trade arrangement that would land David Lee with the Spurs in exchange for Parker. The Knicks could potentially “sweeten the pot” by taking on the last year of Richard Jefferson’s contract, or get a third team involved to help the Spurs land another young talent – Memphis’ wingman Rudy Gay, for example.
Possible? Sure. NBA trades are endlessly complicated when teams are over the cap; with cap room, things are a lot simpler.
The idea came directly from the owners’ box, and the Suns were unanimous in their support. The Spurs hoped to join in by wearing their “Noche Latina” alternate uniforms as well, but weren’t able to get things together in time.
Personally, I’m just wondering why the jerseys say “Los Suns” and not “Los Soles.”