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Old 07-12-2007, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

Greek guard acquired, but likely to stay in Europe

Johnny Ludden
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The Spurs have agreed to trade center Jackie Butler and Argentine forward Luis Scola to the Houston Rockets for guard Vassilis Spanoulis, a future second-round pick and cash considerations, an NBA source said Thursday evening.

Spanoulis, who played sparingly for the Rockets last season, is expected to remain in Europe.

The Spurs don’t figure to spend much time on introductions when they open training camp in a little more than two months.

Hoping to keep intact the roster that won them last season’s championship, the Spurs re-signed guard Jacque Vaughn and forward Matt Bonner on Thursday. After center Fabricio Oberto also re-signs in the coming days, all 12 members of the team’s playoff roster will be under contract.

Bonner received a three-year contract worth about $9 million while Vaughn received a two-year deal totaling around $2.5 million.

Bonner, 27, averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 56 games after joining the Spurs a year ago in a trade that sent center Rasho Nesterovic to Toronto. His role could increase this season if the Spurs decide to continue cutting back Robert Horry’s minutes.

Bonner, who stands 6-foot-10, is the type of big forward with 3-point range team executives now crave during the league’s small-ball era. He quickly won over coaches and teammates – not to mention the Spurs’ fans – with his hustle and every-man personality, and appeared to carve out a spot for himself in the rotation before injuring his left knee midway through the season.

Vaughn, 32, replaced Beno Udrih as the team’s primary backup point guard because coach Gregg Popovich valued his hustle and toughness. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 assists in 64 games.

The Spurs also had interest in signing Detroit forward Amir Johnson, but he re-signed with the Pistons on Thursday.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/b....6be36230.html



This goes in my bigtime WTF is going on list. I really thought JB had a future as a Spur. Crud
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

And what about Scola? isnt he supposed to be hot sh!t?
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:32 PM   #3
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They traded Scola?!? WTF are they thinking? (unless they realized he's never going to play in the NBA because of his buyout)
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

Butler's been doin good in the summer league from what i've seen.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:37 PM   #5
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

How much is Scola's buyout? Any chance the Rockets can bring him over?
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

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How much is Scola's buyout? Any chance the Rockets can bring him over?
my understanding is this year he is between contracts. Yes they can bring him over if that is true.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:39 PM   #7
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Hopefully Luis Scola comes over. With the Rockets, he has a very big chance of actually starting or get some significant playing time. V-Span said himself he never wants to come back to the NBA so it's a very good trade for the Rockets.
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

Looks to me like they used Scola's rights to dump Butler's salary. Seems like a good deal for Houston.


I can't imagine Spanoulis coming back to the U.S. any time soon.
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my understanding is this year he is between contracts. Yes they can bring him over if that is true.

Well, this is a great trade for the Rockets then. Not only do they get a couple power forwards, which they sorely lack, but they get to dump a point guard, who was being wasted on the bench and had no desire to play for them anyways.
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

Oh sh!t.

Whatcha gonna do, brother? Whatcha gonna do when Jackie Butler and the new look Rockets run wild on..........YOOOOUUUU?!?!?!?!?!?!
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

Scola's buy out is 2.5 mil to 3.5 mil from what I've read, same with Splitter. Spurs can only provide 500k for him, which is why this move was made in my opinion.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:03 PM   #12
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

I think Jackie's good enough to get spot minutes for the Rox.

Does this mean Scola is never coming over? If he does, this would be a steal for Houston.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:10 PM   #13
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

http://www.clutchfans.net/news/1426/...lis_for_scola/

Looks like Scola will be on the Rockets roster this season...

Great trade for the Rockets...
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Default Re: Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis

It's not bad deal at all for the Rockets. Butler is only 22 years old and he's a nice post player. Plus he's cheap and Spanoulis wouldn't be with the team anyway, so it's a win win for the Rockets.

I still don't know why Spurs would give up on Butler so quickly. It's not like he's making a lot of money and he still young. With Oberto and Elson possibly gone, and Splitter will probably stay in Europe, why not keep him around?
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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4964549.html

Quotes from Rockets GM Daryl Morey confirm that the Rockets fully expect Scola to play for them this season.

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