2018 Offseason Overview: San Antonio Spurs
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Additions: G Marco Belinelli, F Dante Cunningham, G DeMar DeRozan, G Lonnie Walker IV, C Jakob Poeltl
The most noteworthy move involved the trade that sent Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl.
Departures: G Danny Green, C Joffrey Lauvergne, F Kawhi Leonard, G Tony Parker, G Brandon Paul
Aside from the Toronto trade, Tony Parker is leaving to join former Spurs assistant coach James Borrego in Charlotte.
G Brandon Paul had an 8/1 guarantee date. His $1,378,000 is now off the books for 2018–2019, which also frees us a roster spot.
Manu Ginobili has to decide if he is returning for his 17th season in the NBA, all with the Spurs. ESPN’s Michael C. Wright indicated on the Lowe Post Show that all signs point to this happening.
The Spurs are now down to 14 roster players, assuming Ginobili comes back. For the 15th and final roster spot, I like veteran PG Jarrett Jack or SG/SF Corey Brewer on veteran’s minimum deals. Brewer posted 10.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.1 spg on a 44% 2PT, 34%3PT, and 80% FT clip in 18 games with OKC Thunder last season.
Salary Cap Status:
The Spurs currently have 14 players under contract (including Ginobili and Paul). They are on the books for $117.3M in salaries in 2018–2019, which puts them $15.4M above the cap and $6.5M beneath the luxury tax.
The Spurs used all but $154 of the Non-Taxpayer MLE ($8.64M) on Belinelli and Cunningham. They are restricted to using the minimum salary exception for signings now. Those contracts can be for up to two-years and are available to every team despite their salary cap standing.
Training Camp Status:
Every NBA team can carry up to 5 additional players on their roster for offseason training camp, bringing the roster total up to 20. The Spurs currently have not inked any players to training camp deals.
Expect C Amida Brimah (Austin Spurs) and F Jaron Blossomgame (2017 SAS 2nd round pick) to both come over from the 2018 Spurs Summer League team from Las Vegas. Trey McKinney-Jones, who posted 7.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, and 1.4 spg in 2018 Summer League, could also be present for training camp. He had a 10-Day call up with the Indiana Pacers this past season.
The Spurs extended G Darrun Hilliard his $77,250 qualifying offer to bring him back for a second season as a Two-Way player. He has until October to accept. If he does, the Spurs will have one remaining two-way contract. 2018 2nd round pick C Chimezie Metu could be a prime candidate for that spot, as the Spurs are in need of athletic, young, defensive bigs down low alongside veterans Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Dante Cunningham.
F Matt Costello is not expected to be back, after he didn’t receive a QO from the Spurs and didn’t play for the Spurs in 2018 Summer League.
If the Raptors finish in the upper 1/3 of the league and earn picks 21–30, the Spurs will receive that pick for the 2019 NBA draft. If they finish anywhere beneath that (picks 1–20), the Raptors will retain the pick and it will convey as two future 2nd round picks (2020 and 2023).
The Spurs current have their 2019 1st Round Pick and 2019 2nd Round Pick.