The San Antonio Spurs will likely keep Pau Gasol, but lose a big man, David Lee.
The San Antonio Spurs’ offseason just started, and news is already coming in about the team’s future. It started with Pau Gasol reportedly declining his player option and re-signing for less money. The 2017 NBA Draft will follow this up on Thursday, which will see the next young player join San Antonio, with picks 29 and 59 ready to be used.
However, before that date arrives, there’s more toward Spurs free agency developing. According to Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News, David Lee will opt out of his contract and become a free agent.
Lee’s deal would have paid him $1.6 million in 2017-18. So he’s either looking for more money, years or both.
More #Spurs news: League source says David Lee is expected to decline his $1.6 million player option for 2017-18.
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) June 20, 2017
Lee played in 79 games in his only season with the Spurs, his most since the 2012-13 season. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds as a role player off the bench, filling in for Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Through 12 seasons, Lee averaged 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds with the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Spurs. He won the 2015 NBA championship with the Warriors.
The former No. 30 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft suffered a partially torn patella in the Western Conference Finals, but didn’t require surgery. Will teams be wary of this, though?
Potentially losing Lee means the Spurs will have to go into free agency to replace him, unless a pick in the draft is used on a big man. This may have had to already be done, with Dewayne Dedmon opting out of his contract. So the bench could look different for next season, at least at the center and power forward spots.
Let’s see what’s next in this offseason, which is already becoming must-watch. What will the Spurs do?