Succeeding in the off-season is every bit as important in the NBA as it is winning during the season. What is ahead for the San Antonio Spurs?
Assess the Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili situations
Before anything can seriously be done regarding the overall look of the current roster, the San Antonio Spurs brass need to figure out the situations regarding their veteran core. Most notably are the retirement plans for ageless veterans Tim Duncan (38) and Manu Ginobili (37). Both are near the end of their storied careers with a rare opportunity to retire as champions. Duncan is a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer and Ginobili should have his own ticket punched at some points as well. If one or both decide to hang up the sneakers it drastically alters what the Spurs will have to do in order to prepare their title defense in 2014-2015.
Find bench help in the draft
Provided those two return for another year, then the priority at that point for the Spurs is to conduct their business in the NBA draft. There really isn’t much to worry about with the starting lineup but head coach Gregg Popovich will have some work to do regarding the bench. One area that could use a boost is the front court, either behind Duncan at center or Kawhi Leonard at small forward. Center is a relatively weak position with this draft class, which means they will need some luck to get one they like. Forward on the other hand is quite deep, as are the guard positions. If they play the board right they should be able to take advantage of a rather deep class.
Re-sign Boris Diaw and Patty Mills
As for NBA free agency, the task doesn’t get much clearer for the San Antonio Spurs front office. They have to find a way to retain the rights to forward Boris Diaw and point guard Patty Mills. Both were key contributors to the teams’ incredible dismantling of the Miami Heat in the Finals and are excellent fits in the Spurs system. By that same token though their value as free agents are at a peak. So it will be a challenge to get them to re-sign at a price that is favorable to both sides. If San Antonio can pull it off, their repeat hopes will gain traction.