When you are the San Antonio Spurs, it may become tiring to figure out how you can improve on an almost flawless season. There may have been some room for error, but they Spurs couldn’t have played better when it counted. And with the media circus that is the NBA offseason, the Spurs have managed to make some basic moves that may not be so basic come next June.
San Antonio was able to overlook the shoulder injury that will sideline Patty Mills for a good chunk of time and come to a verbal agreement for three years in the ball park of $12 million. This is not only smart in the sense that Mills was an integral part of the Spurs’ success this year, but it prevents any possible contenders from benefiting from the fearless attack of the “Aussie”. The 153 three-pointers that he made this year (a career high) will be a nice insurance plan coming off the bench after he recovers from surgery.
With the Mills’ injury looming, the Spurs made another move that may not make headlines in every major newspaper across the country or even national television. San Antonio decided to grab rookie free agent Bryce Cotton in hopes of filling the hole that will be left by Mills’ absence. Much like Mills, Cotton comes from a lesser-known school in Providence where he averaged 21.8 points per game (ranked 10th nationally in scoring). His scoring ability coupled with his lack of size is just the remedy for the Spurs’ injury woes at the guard position.
Cotton will have to first make it out of training camp before he can prove his worth when it counts. Right now, his shot will be the in the Las Vegas Summer League where he can form a bond with newly drafted first-round pick Kyle Anderson. As normal, no news is good news from the black and silver.