For two decades, one of the few certain things all NBA fans and media could count on was the San Antonio Spurs not only making the playoffs but also being one of the strongest Championship contenders.
Nonetheless, their impressive streak and great run are in huge jeopardy of coming to an end this season, and even if they manage to finish the year strong and make the playoffs, it feels like the end of an era is upon us.
Having said that is clear that this team is on the verge of a key offseason, even if they’re never the kind of franchise that makes a lot of noise during the summer and goes through a lot of roster changes. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 things they need to do during the offseason.
5. Get Younger
The San Antonio Spurs currently have 7 players 29 or older, with some of them being closer to 40 than to 30, and even though it’s been a hell of a run, all good things must come to an end, and it’s time for them to let young ballers carry the load.
San Antonio needs to land at least a couple of young players that fit Popovich’s system, with Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili most likely calling it quits at the end of this campaign in order to strengthen their second unit.
4. Sign Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph is a no-brainer pickup for the San Antonio Spurs the next season, as a player that could easily carry the offensive load in the second unit and even close out games with his bully-ball kind of way to overpower his opposition.
Randolph would embrace the chance to play for a Championship contending team, he has a sweet touch from mid-range and is an underrated passer as well, and he would be thrilled to take a pay cut if that means retiring as an NBA Champion.
3. Extend Tony Parker
Ever since coming back from a quad injury, Tony Parker has been terrific playing off the bench for the Spurs, thriving against slower opposition and less talented defenders as he heads towards the exit door of what has been an extremely remarkable career.
Parker has embraced a substitute role and could still be a great mentor for Dejounte Murray going forward, so they need to keep him around for at least a couple extra seasons, with a player option on the last year of the deal.
2. Trade Rudy Gay and Danny Green
Rudy Gay and Danny Green have been extremely valuable for the Spurs this year when healthy, and their 3 and D skills are perfectly suited for Popovich’s system, but they’re entering the last year of their deals if they pick their option during the offseason.
So, being a couple of proven veterans and valuable assets, San Antonio should use them as trade chips for picks and young ballers to try and kick-start their rebuilding process, handing a lot of more responsibility to Davis Bertans and Kyle Anderson.
1. Sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has had an amazing year with the Los Angeles Lakers and he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and with the Lakers trying to clear a lot of cap space to make a run at LeBron and Paul George during the summer, we wouldn’t expect them to hand KCP an offer sheet.
So, if San Antonio decides to part ways with Danny Green, KCP would be a perfect replacement as a 3 and D specialist at the shooting guard spot, as he’s a very intelligent player and a hard-working young man that could have a career year under Gregg Popovich.