Fans of the San Antonio Spurs are going into the impending free agency period with relatively high expectations, after being linked with major names such as Mike Conley, Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside, and of course, Kevin Durant. Despite all of it being only rumors thus far, it seems that there is some clarity coming about.
Of course, the Spurs’ selection of guard Dejounte Murray in the 2016 NBA Draft has seemed to give the fans and media a bit of a clearer picture as to what the Spurs’ plan is for the summer, and with more reports coming out- the situation becomes slightly more predictable.
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Tim MacMahon of ESPN reported that a source told him of Mike Conley’s concern to join the Spurs, because of Tony Parker being there and the presumptive log-jam at the guard spot. This works towards creating a clearer picture for the Spurs and Mike Conley by showing that San Antonio is likely not as high on Conley’s list as fans may have assumed- and of course the Murray selection showed that Conley may not be too high on San Antonio’s list eith-
Apr 5, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol warms up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
er. Essentially, it looks more and more unlikely that the Spurs will be heavily pursuing, or signing, Mike Conley.
Another Spurs signing rumor that is becoming somewhat clearer is the link with Pau Gasol. The Spanish big man has been linked with the Spurs quite often over recent years, and now that he is an unrestricted free agent and going on 36 years old, the link seems stronger than ever.
Also, with reports of Pau Gasol being a priority for the Spurs, it seems that the links between organization and player will finally come to fruition. Gasol is a 7-footer though, who can play center and would likely prove to be the starting center for the Spurs next season.
This potential Gasol signing could signal that the Spurs will not do too much roster-shuffling this summer, but will just look to add value in a more conservative, yet effective, process.
These new reports involving potential targets of the Spurs give a better idea of what to expect from what might be the most unpredictable front office in the NBA.