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    Bates Diop has really stuck out these last few games. I like his defense and he doesn’t hesitate on his shot.

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    Bates Diop has really stuck out these last few games. I like his defense and he doesn’t hesitate on his shot.
    It’s unfortunate not to have a full G League this year, but he’s the kind of guy I’d love to bring back on a two year cheap deal after this. He’s serviceable, while the other two-way guy’s only contribution is to get half the team sick and force us to realize how awesome Luka is.

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    Already better than Dante Cunningham

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    It’s unfortunate not to have a full G League this year, but he’s the kind of guy I’d love to bring back on a two year cheap deal after this. He’s serviceable, while the other two-way guy’s only contribution is to get half the team sick and force us to realize how awesome Luka is.
    What's good is that the team will have his RFA rights if he makes it through the year. If Gay and Lyles move on, there will be minutes for him and Samanic.

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    Diop has Devin's body... they look exactly alike.

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    What's good is that the team will have his RFA rights if he makes it through the year. If Gay and Lyles move on, there will be minutes for him and Samanic.
    Such a great value signing. Vintage Spurs find.

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    What's good is that the team will have his RFA rights if he makes it through the year. If Gay and Lyles move on, there will be minutes for him and Samanic.
    Don’t forget LMA might be gone too. Seems like a solid 4/5 player we can keep on the cheap. He also doesn’t try to do too much like Lyles.

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    Don’t forget LMA might be gone too. Seems like a solid 4/5 player we can keep on the cheap. He also doesn’t try to do too much like Lyles.
    He's been playing the 3 exclusively in all his minutes that he's played.

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    Don’t forget LMA might be gone too. Seems like a solid 4/5 player we can keep on the cheap. He also doesn’t try to do too much like Lyles.
    Hopefully LMA is gone, regardless he is a backup 3 and can play some spot minutes at the four.

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    Already better than Dante Cunningham
    What a dark time in Spurs history. I remember trying to be mildly optimistic but I was just homering. I knew that was a waste of contract

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    Hopefully LMA is gone, regardless he is a backup 3 and can play some spot minutes at the four.
    He’s 6’8 with 7’3 wingspan pretty sure he can be a 4 in today’s NBA.

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    He really took advantage of the opportunity. Very mobile and can guard and switch. Dang Spurs is stacked!!

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    He’s 6’8 with 7’3 wingspan pretty sure he can be a 4 in today’s NBA.
    He has been used as a SF his whole professional career. He is a 3/4, never a 5.

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    He was ready to contribute and did. Really good showing.

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    I'd rather keep him as a 3rd stringer than Lyles. Diop would be cheaper too

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    What's good is that the team will have his RFA rights if he makes it through the year. If Gay and Lyles move on, there will be minutes for him and Samanic.
    Good point, will keep him under control on a relatively cheap deal (unless he really shines, and don’t think there’s enough playing time for that to happen).

    Uncovering guys like him really allows them to swing big on the rest of the roster - don’t have to backfill with bench guys on high seven-figures contracts, which means there’s room for bigger contracts (either by signing or trade).

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    I'd rather keep him as a 3rd stringer than Lyles. Diop would be cheaper too
    Luka/Diop makes Lyles/Gay expendable

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    I'd rather keep him as a 3rd stringer than Lyles. Diop would be cheaper too
    Last night KBD shot well, but overall, Lyles has a better 3 pointer. He’s also a better rebounder. There’s a reason he’s on an NBA contract, and KBD is on a two way. He’s better.

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    Luka/Diop makes Lyles/Gay expendable
    Lyles has an affordable salary. I don't think other teams are going to offer more.

    Gay is at the end of his career.

    That said, Diop and Lyles fill the same role. Diop has higher defensive upside. Spurs will still be drafting next year and its getting crowded with all the draft picks that are keepers.

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    Luka/Diop makes Lyles/Gay expendable
    I think Luka and Lyles could make the Spurs at least consider any offer for Gay. They seem to like Lyles and he's playing better while Luka has shown promise and could use minutes.

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    Todayís league the more versatile 6í8-6í9 guys you have who can switch and provide some versatility on offense by shooting and the occasional dribble drive the better

    Rudy is probably going ring chasing next year or gets paid from a playoff team with dreams of contention who needs a vet.

    I donít think it needs to be a either/or thing. But right now just based on what we have seen from Lyles both prior to the appendix problem last year, and now this year in being a consummate professional ready to contribute in whatever way heís needed whenever itís needed I think you have to take Trey. A former lottery pick from a top program who very well could have flamed out of the league but accepted a deep bench role to prove himself- you can see the flashes of shot creation, confidence in the jumper. Call me crazy- but Lyles could be a really useful 4/5 glue guy you bring off the bench to create and generally be that Swiss Army knife X factor that can break the ice when your normal options arenít cooking. Similar to how Boris was used in 2014.

    KBD I can see having a nice career as a rotation player. I have questions about the consistency with his jump shot mechanics, he seems fairly limited offensively but we havenít seen enough to really say what his potential is- and his physical tools allow him to be a solid defender but I donít see him as a game changer right now on that end. Worth keeping around next year on a minimum deal. 25 isnít prospect status necessarily- but thereís still plenty of time to grow and blossom.
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    Perfect. One starts and another comes off the bench.

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    Lyles has an affordable salary. I don't think other teams are going to offer more.

    Gay is at the end of his career.

    That said, Diop and Lyles fill the same role. Diop has higher defensive upside. Spurs will still be drafting next year and its getting crowded with all the draft picks that are keepers.
    I just don’t see the hustle mentality with Lyles. Lyles seems to be a wannabe superstar, while Diop seems more comfortable doing what is asked and playing his role. Lyles is serviceable, but I’d rather not have another guy on the team bemoaning his touches. I can’t see him diving on the floor in front of a player to get the ball.

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    I just don’t see the hustle mentality with Lyles. Lyles seems to be a wannabe superstar, while Diop seems more comfortable doing what is asked and playing his role. Lyles is serviceable, but I’d rather not have another guy on the team bemoaning his touches. I can’t see him diving on the floor in front of a player to get the ball.
    When has anyone had anything but positive things to say about Trey’s at ude, readiness, and humility in accepting a lesser role? And no, pop saying “he wants to play more” isn’t that.

    im cool watching film of a player and generating legitimate criticism or critique of their playstyle and how they can improve- but the amount of intangible musing people on this board do about “at ude” or their own perception of what their willingness to compete is drags down the discussion more than anything else here.

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    Per a source: The San Antonio Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Keita Bates-Diop. Bates-Diop will be a restricted free agent.

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