Hoops Rumors is breaking down the 2019 offseason for all 30 NBA teams, revisiting the summer’s free agent signings, trades, draft picks, departures, and more. We’ll evaluate each team’s moves from the last several months and look ahead to what the 2019/20 season holds for all 30 franchises. Today, we’re focusing on the San Antonio Spurs.
- Standard contracts:
- Two-way contracts:
- Non-guaranteed camp contracts:
- Daulton Hommes: One year, minimum salary (Exhibit 10).
- Galen Robinson Jr.: One year, minimum salary (Exhibit 10).
- Kenny Williams: One year, minimum salary (Exhibit 10).
- Matt Farrell: One year, minimum salary (Exhibit 10) (Waived).
- Dedric Lawson: One year, minimum salary (Exhibit 10) (Waived).
- Jeff Ledbetter: One year, minimum salary (Exhibit 10) (Waived).
- Acquired DeMarre Carroll (via sign-and-trade) in a three-team trade with the Wizards and Nets in exchange for Davis Bertans (to Wizards) and the draft rights to Nemanja Dangubic (to Nets).
- 1-19: Luka Samanic — Signed to rookie contract.
- 1-29: Keldon Johnson — Signed to rookie contract.
- 2-49: Quinndary Weatherspoon — Signed to two-way contract.
Other offseason news:
- Reportedly agreed to three-year contract with head coach Gregg Popovich.
- Promoted R.C. Buford to CEO, Brian Wright to general manager.
- Hired Tim Duncan as assistant coach.
- Lost assistant coach Ettore Messina; lost assistant coach Ime Udoka.
- Contract agreement with Marcus Morris fell through.
- Named Landry Fields general manager of G League affiliate (Austin Spurs).
- Lost director of player personnel Andy Birdsong to Nets.
Salary cap situation:
- Remained over the cap.
- Carrying approximately $123.81MM in guaranteed salary.
- $3.76MM of mid-level exception still available (used $5.5MM on Trey Lyles).
Story of the summer:
The last time the Spurs won the NBA Finals in 2014, their roster featured Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard. By the time the 2018/19 season got underway, none of those players were still Spurs — Duncan and Ginobili had retired, while Parker and Leonard were playing for new teams.
Despite the exodus of future Hall-of-Famers, the Spurs have managed to keep extending their record-setting streak of postseason appearances. San Antonio has now appeared in the playoffs in 22 consecutive years – and 29 of the last 30 – as the front office has displayed an impressive ability to consistently retool its roster while Gregg Popovich continues to get the most out of every group.
The upside of the Spurs’ current roster may be limited. The team’s 48 and 47 wins in the last two seasons are its lowest marks of the last 20 years, and DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge are players who thrive in the mid-range, making them odd fits in a modern NBA which prioritizes outside shooting.
However, the Spurs are quietly accumulating young talent around their de facto stars, with Dejounte Murray and Derrick White on the verge of breakout seasons, Lonnie Walker primed for a larger role, and two more first-round picks (Luka Samanic and Keldon Johnson) joining the mix. The new core the Spurs are building might be capable of keeping the team in the playoff picture even if and when DeRozan and Aldridge move on.
For now, those veteran stars are still the focal points of San Antonio’s attack. But ongoing development from the team’s up-and-coming youngsters and contributions from a handful of solid role players will be crucial as the club looks to make its 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.