Gregg Popovich will be coaching Team USA at the next Olympics. The team he regularly coaches had quite an eventful summer.
Topping that list was the retirement of the Spurs’ longtime franchise player Tim Duncan. The franchise began its succession plan to replace Duncan last season when coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge chose to chase championships with a perennial contender. Aldridge will have another veteran big man who knows all about winning titles alongside him next season, as 36-year-old Pau Gasol also selected the Spurs via the free agent route.
The Spurs imported a couple of their draft-and-stash prospects, combo forwards Livio Jean-Charles and Davis Bertans, on low-cost deals with two-year guarantees. They also did well in the draft, nabbing guard Dejounte Murray, a player who was projected to go much higher than the 29th pick.
The newcomers join current franchise player Kawhi Leonard, along with the backcourt trio of Tony Parker, Danny Green and Manu Ginobili, as well as promising rotation pieces Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson.
Clearly, the Spurs have a roster built to go deep in the playoffs, especially if some of those younger players blossom. They probably won’t have to worry about getting knocked out by the Thunder again in next year’s postseason. But the team that was easily second-best in the league during the regular season last year must once again contend with a star-laden Warriors roster fortified by the addition of superstar Kevin Durant.
This leads to our question of the day: Do the Spurs have enough firepower on their current roster to overcome the heavily-favored Warriors next season?
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