LaMarcus Aldridge Signing Is Great, but Spurs Offseason Is Far from over

By David Kenyon

The San Antonio Spurs pulled off the best free-agent signing in franchise history by securing a commitment from LaMarcus Aldridge, but their offseason is far from over.

Consequent to Aldridge’s four-year, $80 million contract, the Spurs were forced to surrender some important pieces in Aron Baynes, Cory Joseph and Marco Belinelli.

They managed to keep Danny Green, but Tiago Splitter is a member of the Atlanta Hawks. Baynes is headed to the Detroit Pistons. Joseph is off to the Toronto Raptors, and Belinelli is going to the Sacramento Kings. Each of the latter three received a contract in free agency worth at least $6 million per year.

So that’s Splitter, Joseph, Belinelli and Baynes out the door. Aldridge could have come at a much higher price.

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More notably, though, Aldridge’s hefty payday combined with Kawhi Leonard’s and Green’s well-deserved raises means the front office doesn’t have much money remaining to round out the team.

As it stands, six players are on the roster: Leonard, Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, Reggie Williams and Kyle Anderson. Tim Duncan, Aldridge and Danny Green will each sign new contracts when the free agency moratorium lifts on July 9.

That means San Antonio has must sign at least four players—perhaps five, since it can waive Williams and his non-guaranteed contract—to reach the league minimum of 13.

Regardless, the Spurs will be over the cap once Duncan, Aldridge and Green have inked their respective deals, so they’ll only be able to offer minimum-salary contracts and a Room Exception worth $2.8 million. However, Manu Ginobili will likely receive that exception if he returns.

David West is interested in joining San Antonio, per Sam Amick of USA Today, but the power forward is a rare player who is willing to play for merely the minimum. After West, the caliber of player the front office can afford to sign drops off significantly.

The Spurs have contacted Mo Williams, Tayshaun Prince, Caron Butler, Carlos Boozer, Rasual Butler, Carlos Delfino and Kevin Seraphin. Each one of those players is a solid veteran guy, but not much more.

San Antonio sacrificed its depth to chase and eventually land Aldridge, and the franchise very well could be rewarded with championship No. 6.

But before any title aspirations are discussed in depth, the Spurs still have some work to do this offseason.

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