With Tony Parker on the verge of retiring, and now after suffering a season-ending injury, Popovich and his boys are going to be quite aggressive to pursue a new point guard for the most reliable and consistent organization in professional sports.
And c’mon, who the hell doesn’t want to play for the freaking San Antonio Spurs? As a veteran, you know you’ll stay fresh as Pop will carefully manage your minutes, and you’ll have arguably the best shot at an NBA championship than playing for pretty much every other team.
So now, even if DeJounte Murray has made a pretty decent job as a starter, and Patty Mills will either opt out to become a free agent or remain as the leader of the second unit, the Spurs are very likely to have a new star caliber point guard for the upcoming season.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the top 5 candidates for the starting point guard gig in San Antonio for the next campaign.
Kyle Lowry is a free agent this summer, and according to Marc Stein, he would like to play for a team from the Western Conference.
Yeah, after so many years in the East, he probably knows that he can’t beat LeBron, so maybe the West Coast is the best option for him.
However, Tony Parker is not like the old Tony, so Kyle Lowry can sign with the Spurs (but he can’t sign a max contract there) if he wants to win an NBA Championship.
He is 31 years old and he can play at the highest level next 2-3 seasons, so the best option will be to play together with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Lowry is an unselfish guy, averaging 7 assists this season, and he can fit in the Spurs system very well.
Williams is one of the former best point guards in the world, but, he’s also injury prone and hasn’t been able to shake off different injuries for a very, very long time now.
Nonetheless, as a veteran player he can quickly adapt to pretty much every system, and there’s no doubt about his basketball IQ and playmaking ability, and he’s proven that he’s willing to take a huge pay cut to try and pursue a championship, and if he fails to do so now as a member of the Cavs, the Spurs would definitely be his smartest choice.
Chris Paul has remained as a top point guard in the NBA for many years now and is probably the best passer the league has ever seen since Stockton, becoming one of the best playmakers in NBA history despite never been able to even play for a ring in The Finals.
Paul has struggled to lead the Clippers with Blake Griffin constantly battling injuries, and even if they have a great supporting cast, he could definitely take his game to another level as the second scoring option behind Kawhi. Being the smart player he is, he could make one of the scariest offenses in the world even scarier.
Hill already had a shot with the Spurs but Popovich sacrificed him in order to get Kawhi Leonard. Needless to say, things worked out pretty well for the Spurs with this transaction, but there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t want this point guard back.
The veteran has really improved as a playmaker over the last few years, and he’s been a major factor for the Utah Jazz this season when able to contribute, so Pop could easily lure him back to Texas to play for the team that originally drafted him back in 2008.
You know how the Spurs always seem to make pretty much every unknown guy play outstanding ball? Well, Teodosic is no stranger at all, as he’s been one of the most dominant FIBA players over the last decade, and he would definitely thrive in a FIBA friendly offense like Popovich’s.
The Serbian veteran is a huge liability on defense, but he makes up for it with a sick scoring ability and great basketball IQ and playmaking skills, recently leading his Serbian national team to the silver medal in the past Olympics.