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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  33 responses

Michael Finley Caught Popovich By Surprise

Mike’s coach tells the Express-News that he did not expect Finley to ask that the Spurs grant a release (thereby opening the door for some title contenders to make a play for his services): “Spurs forward Michael Finley shocked Spurs coach Gregg Popovich when told him he would like to be released by the Spurs in time to be eligible for any other team’s playoff roster. ‘was very surprised,’ Popovich said before the Spurs played the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on Monday night, ‘but we granted his request.’ Indeed, the Spurs negotiated a buyout of Finley’s contract and waived him on Monday afternoon, hours ahead of a Monday deadline that would have prevented Finley from being eligible for any other team’s playoff roster. Popovich stressed that the Spurs had not ‘let Finley go,’ a connotation that would have implied dissatisfaction with a payer who had signed a free agent deal with the Spurs on Sept. 2, 2005. ‘We didn’t let him go,’ Popovich said. ‘He requested a buyout so he could leave and we granted that.”‘

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  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Weird.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sesa.opas Sesa

    So this means no one had the guts to challenge pop before?

  • ENDS

    foul on finleys part. especially since he got his rin in 07

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I’m confused, the title says it caught Finley by surprise but the coach said Finley requested it…

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Hmm, seems FinDawg thinks he still has a lot to offer and he isn’t happy he can’t show that in San Antonio.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Wow. Very, very surprised. I’d always thought of Mike as a loyal, team-oriented kinda player. On the otherhand, it’s very likely that the Spurs would have let him leave this summer anyway. i guess it’s better to be the one to control where you go than to be “tossed out” at the end of a contract. I’m not mad at him.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Dark, read the heading again…

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    oops, niQ is the one that needs to read the heading again…

  • underdog

    It’s strange. I wonder if any team interested in him. Well except the Cavs, of course.

  • AL29

    It’s basically an admission by Finley that the Spurs aren’t contenders this year. We all knew that, but for it to come from a veteran Spur is pretty brutal.

  • The D Train

    bring him back to Dallas, baby.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Hmm.. Too early in the morning… my bad (unless they changed the title… hmm)

  • MikeC.

    Too bad Isiah is out of the league. He would have offered Finley a 6 year $120million contract.

  • Jonny C

    hahaha @ mike c
    i hope he goes somewhere and has some gas left in the tank, for many years he was a very fun player to watch…………..time will tell

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I can’t help but think if there was anything left he would have been playing in San Antonio. it’s not like they’re winning games easily.

  • 6marjons

    what a douche, he was brought there for and they helped him win a title this is not a way to repay them. hopefully they can use that extra space to beef up the roster he surely wasn’t helping

  • talkboxing

    The Cavs would sign Ronald McDonald if he was a free agent.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    so finley’s pretty much retired now, then?

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    @Cheryl: i thought you’d notice you meant someone else. Nice catch.

  • roman

    I heard Boston wants to add him to their Old Man Roster- join the crew

  • Farman

    It’s time for Kobe to use his PR skills and bring Michael Finely to Southern California. Finely is a perfect fit for the Lakers. The one thing that the Lakers are missing is consistent scoring option off the bench. Right now, Odom is the only option they have. Farmer relieves Fisher off the bench, but doesn’t give you consistent scoring day in and day out. Sasha hasn’t been the same since signing his new deal. Walton runs the triangle to perfection, but the poor guy is always hurt, and maybe done. Shannon Brown has been a really solid player for the Lakers, but I’m sold on him yet. Bringing Finley in to play 15-20 minutes off the bench, would give Kobe a little more time to rest, and also let Phil explore different match-ups with his rotation. With all the injuries the great one has, can’t have him playing 40+ minutes a game going down the stretch. I really think this is a no brianer for Mitch. At this time of the season your options are limited, and adding a veteran with his experience and IQ makes the Lakers even stronger when the show starts in May……………….

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    I’ve never really bought into the Finley hype. Especially since he parted ways with Dallas with 2 or 3 years remaining on his contract. That’s usually the first sign of a non-team-player. best of luck to Finley finding someone that’ll gamble on him chucking 3′s.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    @dma, check your facts, dude, Cuban bought Finley out when the league gave owners a chance to negate huge contracts. Finley didn’t leave the Mavs cuz he wanted to, eventhough it worked out in his favor.

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    yes the infamous allan-houston-rule. cuban chose to cut him and played it off as money-saving. this is mark cuban we’re talking about who poops benjamins and wipes with franklins. who knows if there was more involved or not. but my point is that he was cut from a good team that obviously didn’t want him anymore.

  • whooo!

    dma, that same Mark Cuban thought Steve Nash wasn’t worth the contract Phx offered. don’t get it twisted.

  • riggs

    CELTICS

  • Simmy Sosa

    I’m sad to see him go, but Hill/Mason/Ginobili can do everything he can and more. Best of luck Michael.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/02/tracy-mcgrady-hurt-yes-already-again/ L

    Whare will he go? I can see him getting his legs back in Phoenix lol

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    Good riddance. I wish the Spurs would’ve been smart enough to sign a guard who can actually still run and shoot (Marco Bellinelli?) instead of resigning Finley’s geriatric ass.

  • nastierthanu

    Findog saw how pop dealt with timmy and unless he likes sandwiches or looks like bruce bowen he’s out

  • Jon

    title whore.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    I think he would be most suitable in the following places:
    Los Angeles Lakers; as mentioned above – pick him up and give him the “mitch richmond/glen rice” ring for 2010.

    Utah Jazz; The Jazz are coming on strong, but they have this revolving door scenario at the sg/sf positions if Kirilenko’s form drops off come post-season.

    I don’t want to see Finley play in the East.

  • JoeMaMa

    The Celtics just signed George Mikan and Bob Cousy to veteran minimum contracts. They’re waiting to see if Elgin Baylor will pass his physical; he needs to poop in a cup, cough twice, and it’s a go.

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