Who should the San Antonio Spurs target at point guard in free agency?
For the last decade and a half, Tony Parker has been a stalwart at the point guard position for the San Antonio Spurs. However, in their series against the Rockets, Parker suffered a ruptured left quad, a major injury which could facilitate for a new era at point guard for the Spurs.
Dejounte Murray showed great flashed in the playoffs. However, he is too young and inexperienced to take the reins of an NBA team as a starter at this time. With that in mind, there are a number of free agents for the Spurs to consider when July 1 comes.
Hill has a history with the Spurs, the team who drafted him in 2008. He has a great relationship with Coach Popovich, which could lead him back to San Antonio to try to get a ring.
While not an all-star level talent, Hill was the lynchpin for the Utah Jazz offense this year and is an above average player in his prime. He also knows the Spurs system and would be a seamless fit.
CP3 has been maligned for years because of his lack of playoff success. The Clippers are not a championship contender as currently constructed, so now seems like an ideal time to jump ship.
Executives and players around the NBA absolutely believe Chris Paul to the Spurs is a realistic possibility. Free agency starts in 19 days.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 13, 2017
The NBA rumor mill indicates that the Spurs are pursuing Paul, so this could be in the works. Paul has been a consensus top 5 player in the league in recent years, this year ranking second behind LeBron James in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus. Adding him to the roster with Kawhi Leonard could push the Spurs to be more competitive with the Warriors.
Similar to Paul, Lowry’s Raptors struggled mightily in the playoffs. The Cavaliers have absolutely trounced them for the past two years. It would not be shocking if he wants to upgrade to a better team.
"A ring. Nothing else. I just want s ring." – Lowry on free agent priorities
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) May 8, 2017
Lowry, a score first point guard, is not best fit for the pass heavy Spurs. However, the Spurs have integrated players who seemed like bad fits initially i.e. LaMarcus Aldridge.
Patty Mills/Tony Parker
The Spurs could choose to stay put and run it back with their point guards this season. However, this seems sub optimal, as Parker’s athleticism has left him and Mills seems to be stronger as a shooter off the bench rather than a high usage starting point guard.
Draft Prospect X
The Spurs do own the No. 29 overall pick, but this seems to be a very top heavy draft. If the Spurs draft a point guard, it will likely be more of a long-term play.
Overall, the Spurs have a wealth of options for their roster for next season and it will be interesting to see how this plays out.