The San Antonio Spurs are just over one month away from the start of the 2017-18 NBA season. What is there to watch for in September?
The San Antonio Spurs’ offseason is over, or just about. August didn’t feature much, except the occasional Kyrie Irving report, before the Boston Celtics acquired him. Otherwise, it was a quiet month for the Spurs as they prepare for the 2017-18 NBA season.
In early October, the preseason will start. However, there are still all 30 days of September to go before this happens. Is there anything to look forward to?
September 5 is the last day for NBA teams to tender contracts to unsigned second-round picks from the 2017 NBA Draft, as noted by Hoops Rumors. Jaron Blossomgame, the San Antonio’s 2017 pick, will head to the Austin Spurs of the G-League, so that’s not something the organization will need to concern itself about.
Other than that, there’s training camp, which will get the Spurs prepped for the 2017-18 season. The official start date is unknown, but it should be near the end of September.
As of this writing, training camp battles for roster spots don’t seem apparent for the Spurs. That’s as the team has 14 players on NBA deals for the 2017-18 season. Matt Costello and London Perrantes were signed, but on two-way deals that restrict their time in the NBA to 45 days.
A battle for playing time might take place, however. That goes for plenty of the Spurs’ bench pieces, like Kyle Anderson, Brandon Paul, Bryn Forbes, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White. While all won’t be in the same hunt for on-court time, they’ll look to stand out in training camp and early October’s preseason for a role to start the upcoming campaign.
The season is approaching for the Spurs, with time still remaining. Let’s see what develops over the coming days and weeks.