Which San Antonio Spurs players are the biggest winners and losers of NBA free agency?
NBA free agency has pretty much wrapped up for the San Antonio Spurs and the other 29 teams. All the big names are off the market, with a few notable names in restricted free agency (Nerlens Noel, Mason Plumlee, Nikola Mirotic) remaining.
With the Spurs’ time in free agency seemingly done, fans can take a better look at their 2017-18 roster, as well as who should be in line for a bigger role. This goes for a handful of players that were already in place, as their minutes-played may change with the roster additions and subtractions made in the summer.
So, which players are the biggest winners and losers of free agency for the Spurs? Let’s take a look.
Winner: Dejounte Murray
The San Antonio Spurs’ point guard situation is still in question for the 2017-18 season. However, Dejounte Murray should be a beneficiary of the situation, especially with what the Spurs did (and didn’t do) in free agency.
The Spurs were rumored to be in on Chris Paul and Derrick Rose in free agency, but after losing or passing on them, they re-signed Patty Mills and did nothing else at point guard. That should only be a positive for Murray’s playing time in the 2017-18 season.
With the veteran Mills potentially locked in on playing time, that may leave Murray and Derrick White to battle for backup minutes at the position. If the edge is given to NBA experience, then the former should get a longer look as the top point guard option, along with the already-present knowledge of the offense.
Murray should get extra on-court time as Mills’ backup and as long as Tony Parker is out with a torn quad. It will be a big opportunity for the Washington product to prove his long-term future as the Spurs’ point guard.