2013 NBA Draft: Are the Spurs a good fit for Pitt's Steven Adams?

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The Post-Gazette's Ray Fittipaldo had a good article in the Post-Gazette a few days ago, mentioning how former Pitt center Steven Adams could be targeted by the San Antonio Spurs. Fittipaldo cited a number of reasons why Adams could be a good fit there.

One not mentioned, though, was the climate. Adams hinted recently that he was sick of the cold weather in Pittsburgh and was hoping to be in a warmer climate. San Antonio would definitely fit that bill. I have no doubt that if a team in the north came calling, Adams would be happy to play wherever he could earn a living. But I do think it's noteworthy that he mentioned it.

Another reason not mentioned is that the Spurs will actually be in need of a center next year. Current backup, DeJuan Blair, seems to have fallen a bit out of favor in San Antonio and I'd be surprised if he re-signed there without a boatload of money. I've covered it on several occasions, but Blair doesn't really seem like he'll be there for the long haul and trade rumors persisted this season up until the trade deadline.

That leaves Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw to man the center spot. But Diaw will be entering his final season this fall. In other words, the Spurs can definitely use a center.

In the end, though, joining the Spurs might not be all that easy. With a deep playoff run, San Antonio could have one of the last picks in the draft. And as I mentioned last week, Adams isn't expected to be around that long. The Spurs could, of course, trade up, but joining the team could be a bit of a long shot.

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