5 Moves The San Antonio Spurs Could Make During NBA Free Agency
NBA Free Agency: 5 Moves The San Antonio Spurs Could Make
The San Antonio Spurs were one win away from winning the 2013 NBA Finals. They pushed the Miami Heat to the max in an incredible seven-game series. We keep wanting to count the Spurs out, saying that they are too old to make a run for a championship. Year after year, they prove us wrong and make another run.
Gregg Popovich is arguably the greatest coach in the NBA. His no-nonsense attitude has made the Spurs a force to be reckoned with for many years. With future hall of famer Tim Duncan leading the way on the court, the Spurs have had an incredible amount of success with Popovich. With Duncan being at the end of his career, many people have counted out the Spurs. That is not a smart thing to do as they still have a ton of young talent, most notably Tony Parker. Popovich has taken players who slipped a bit in the draft or seemingly came out of nowhere and turned them into great players for the Spurs. Examples of this are Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter. Popovich is a master of getting the most out of his players.
The Spurs have some very interesting decisions coming up this offseason. With nearly half of their roster either being unrestricted or restricted free agents, the Spurs have plenty of options this offseason. With a few of those players being fairly expensive, the Spurs can get creative and add a very solid piece or two through free agency.
Normally, San Antonio would build through the draft, but with a ton of money coming off of the books, I think the Spurs have a good chance to add to their team and make another run next season. Popovich has a certain type of player that he likes, and whoever the Spurs bring in, he must buy in to Popovich's system. The Spurs will surely do their homework and look to add to the nice mix of veteran and young players that they have on this team. Here are five moves San Antonio could make during free agency.
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Resign Manu Ginobili
Deciding what to do with Manu Ginobili will be the most important decison for the Spurs this offseason. Aside from an incredible Game 5, Ginobili was not very good during the 2013 NBA Finals. He did not shoot very well and had some key turnovers down the stretch in Game 7. If the Spurs decide to bring Ginobili back, I think that they would get a big-time discount on the $14 million they paid him last season.
Sign Paul Millsap Or Josh Smith
With the cap space that San Antonio could have, I could see them going after a big-name free agent. The two guys that stand out to me are Josh Smith and Paul Millsap. I think either player would make a great fit in San Antonio. Smith is the more athletic player who can do more things, but he is sure to cost more. Millsap may not have the elite athleticism that Smith possesses, but he is a good, solid player who scores, defends well and is an elite rebounder.
Resign Gary Neal
Gary Neal hit some big shots for the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. He is a great outside shooter who can handle the point guard position if needed. Neal is a restricted free agent, so the Spurs can match any offer that is made to him. As long as he comes at a fair price, I would like to see San Antonio bring back Neal, who is a key part of their bench.
Sign A Capable Back-Up Point Guard
The Spurs must find a veteran point guard to take some pressure off of Parker this offseason. Neal and Ginobili play the position for the Spurs when Parker is off the floor, but both guys are better as shooting guards. Devin Harris, C.J. Watson and Will Bynum all seems like solid, inexpensive options for the Spurs.
Resign Tiago Splitter Or DeJuan Blair
With Splitter and DeJuan Blair, the Spurs have two young, talented big men. Splitter is the guy who Popovich has favored recently and has gotten the most playing time. Splitter would be the obvious guy for the Spurs to bring back. That being said, if someone signs him for more than the Spurs are willing to go, Blair is a guy with a similar skill set that they could bring back at a discounted price.