Under five months remain before the San Antonio Spurs enter the 2018 offseason. Who will be a free agent once the calendar hits July 1?
With the arrival of the All-Star Break, the San Antonio Spurs get to rest after 59 games. That leaves just 23 games to be played before the NBA Playoffs. Once the Finals conclude, it will be time for the NBA Draft and the start of free agency on July 1.
While July 1 seems far away, it’s already in just four and a half months. That means decisions on players will be made or the other way around, as some have contract options for the 2018-19 season.
So, with the downtime before the return of the season, let’s look at who the Spurs may lose in free agency:
- Tony Parker
- Danny Green
- Rudy Gay
- Kyle Anderson
- Davis Bertans
- Bryn Forbes
- Joffrey Lauvergne
Parker’s contract will expire once the season ends. However, given he has spent all 17 years in San Antonio, will he stick around for more?
Gay, Green and Lauvergne all have player options for the 2018-19 season. Combined, they will make roughly $20 million if all opt-in to their respective deals. If not, that’s three open roster spots in one swoop.
Anderson, Bertans and Forbes can all become restricted free agents this offseason. To keep them, the Spurs must at least make a qualifying offer, so they can match any offer sheet presented to these players.
As many a seven roster spots may open headed into the 2018 offseason. It seems unlikely this will happen, especially with the volatile player options and the restricted free agents. The NBA offseason can be the Wild West, though, and lead to unexpected transactions. Will the Spurs be part of this with their own free agents? Are all seven players guaranteed to stay for the 2018-19 season?