Spurs faces another offseason of big decisions
After their deep playoff run were unceremoniously halted by the young and talented Oklahoma City squad, the San Antonio Spurs can now focus on improving their current roster, to give it one more try next season.
The Spurs' offseason moves while largely depend upon Tim Duncan's decision. Some say that at age 36, he should retire. San Antonio's big man after all will be free agent this coming July and his $21 million will come off the books.
However, Duncan looked rejuvenated during the lockout-shortened season and ended with 25 points and 14 rebounds in the elimination loss against the Thunder. Knowing Duncan and his competitive nature, he will likely resign with the Spurs for another year or two at a cap-friendly figure.
Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, Gary Neal, Matt Bonner, DeJuan Blair and Cory Joseph will likely be back next season, but they have some more decision to do with their other free agents.
Starting with Boris Diaw.
The versatile big man showed his value in the playoffs and the Spurs will like him back, the question is for how long and how much? Plus the Spurs will definitely have competition for his services.
Same goes with Danny Green.
San Antonio's lanky forward had a breakout year and should get interest from a number of NBA teams. His defensive tenacity and energy has helped the Spurs win some games. Since he is a restricted free agent, the Spurs have the right to match any offer he receives. Nonetheless, if some team offers him more than the mid-level exception, he will likely be a goner.
James Anderson did not get the break he deserves during his stay with the Spurs, injuries and lack of playing time are part of the reasons. With Green's emergence, the team declined to pickup his third year option, he can choose to return to San Antonio, but he will likely get more money if another NBA team decides to pick him up.
Besides adding another big man upfront, the Spurs clearly need a reliable backup behind Parker. Neal is a shooting guard and Joseph is still a project.
That makes Patty Mills an important player for the Spurs next season should he choose to stay. He has a one-year player option worth $885,120 left in his contract and with the way he played on short spurts, other teams surely took notice. Whether he remains a Spur next season is entirely up to him.
The Spurs could also use the draft to perhaps find another 'gem', but they have limited options.
Their only pick will be the 59th overall, unless they make another draft day deal to trade up similar to the one they did the previous offseason.
For now, the Spurs will have to to wait; but will have decide early, on what to do next.