The San Antonio Spurs will reportedly lose Dewayne Dedmon to the Atlanta Hawks.
The San Antonio Spurs went into Tuesday with multiple free agents of their own remaining. This included David Lee, Jonathon Simmons and Dewayne Dedmon. The only confirmed re-signing, was Patty Mills, who returned on a four-year, $50 million deal.
Well, there will be at least one Spur departing the organization. The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported the Atlanta Hawks’ signing of Dedmon.
Dedmon will receive a two-year, $14 million deal with the Hawks. The second season is a player option.
Spurs free agent Dewayne Dedmon has agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 12, 2017
Dedmon joined the Spurs in the 2016 season on a multi-year contract, but with a player option for the 2017 offseason. He used that and entered free agency.
The USC product had his best season in the NBA in 2016-17. He averaged 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 17.5 minutes. Dedmon also started a career-high 37 games after doing this only 41 times in his first three years.
Think what you want about Dedmon, can't deny he was a dawg. Gave the #Spurs some nastiness that was needed. When Gasol got hurt, he balled
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 12, 2017
On the Hawks, Dedmon will potentially step in as the starting center on a retooled team. They’ve lost stalwarts like Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver, over the past two seasons. It’s now a team led by Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, and a handful of young pieces. Dedmon will work as an anchor for these players on the defensive end, looking to increase his production and get an even bigger contract in the 2018 offseason.
The Spurs signed Joffrey Lauvergne on Monday, so Dedmon’s replacement may already be set. The team still has roster space available, so it’s possible another big man signs and takes part of Dedmon’s previous role, as well. There may be defensive questions at the center and power forward spots from this, but that remains to be seen.
The attention now turns to Simmons and Lee, both of whom are unsigned. Will San Antonio retain them?