The San Antonio Spurs will either have a handful of free agents after the 2017-18 season, or plenty of the same players sticking around.
In basketball, there’s always a look at the future. Free agent classes are projected years in advance. LeBron James’ track to 2010 free agency was one of the most anticipated parts of an NBA offseason in the past decade. The San Antonio Spurs haven’t been part of this offseason hysteria like other franchises, but that may change in the 2018 offseason.
Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, the Spurs will have a handful of players that will hit free agency in July. Let’s look at the potential candidates to leave the franchise:
- LaMarcus Aldridge – Aldridge can leave in the 2018 offseason, only if he opts out of his contract for 2018-19. It’s worth $22 million, a figure he might not get on the open market.
- Tony Parker – Parker is an unrestricted free agent in 2018. He’s owed approximately $15 million this season, one that he’ll miss some time of, due to a torn quad.
- Danny Green – Green, like Aldridge, has a player option for next summer. It’s worth $10 million, the same amount the Spurs are paying him this season.
- Rudy Gay – Gay hasn’t played a minute for San Antonio, but his status for 2018-19 is already in the air. He has a player option for $8.8 million.
- Kyle Anderson – Anderson is owed just over $2 million for the 2017-18 season, before he hits restricted free agency. If he breaks out in a contract season, look for a chase after his services next summer.
- Joffrey Lauvergne – Lauvergne also has a player option, but for $1.6 million. Could he follow Dewayne Dedmon by having a breakout season and earning a larger contract in free agency?
- Davis Bertans – Bertans will be a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 season. If he improves off a decent rookie season, then his market could be interesting, especially as a stretch four.
- Bryn Forbes – Forbes is an interesting case. He broke out in the 2017 Summer League and will look to translate that success to the main stage. If so, he could be in line for a raise.
With contract extensions, trades and releases, look for this list of Spurs players in contract seasons to change. Who is the most likely player to depart after the 2017-18 NBA season?