Spurs trade Butler, Scola for Spanoulis
Greek guard acquired, but likely to stay in Europe
Express-News staff writer
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.
This goes in my bigtime WTF is going on list. I really thought JB had a future as a Spur. Crud