San Antonio Spurs: Who is under contract for the 2018-19 season?
By Rob Wolkenbrod
The San Antonio Spurs have a number of free agents for 2018, but plenty of faces that will return next season.
The San Antonio Spurs will enter the offseason with storylines that mostly surround Kawhi Leonard, who missed all but nine games in the 2017-18 season due to a right quadriceps injury. Controversy and turmoil surrounded this, which led to Leonard’s status in question after he was ruled “out” indefinitely in January.
However, free agency will be another emphasized part of San Antonio’s offseason. About half the roster can depart in July, so that potentially leaves a limited roster depending on player decisions before the summer arrives.
Who remains under contract, though, for the 2018-19 season? Let’s take a look (all salary numbers are via Basketball-Reference):
- LaMarcus Aldridge: Aldridge is owed $22.4 million for the 2018-19 season, which became a guaranteed number after he re-signed with the Spurs in 2017. It would be an upset if he went anywhere.
- Kawhi Leonard: If Leonard does not sign a contract extension and stays in San Antonio, he will receive $20 million next season. That might be the lowest salary he makes for the next five years.
- Pau Gasol: The Spurs had Gasol opt out of his two-year deal in 2017, only to re-sign for three years (the third season is partially guaranteed). He will make a full $16 million in 2018-19, but will be 38 years of age and remains on the downside of his career.
- Patty Mills: San Antonio gave Mills a four-year extension in 2017, resulting in the second-lowest shooting percentage of his career (41.1 percent). If the organization makes personnel changes, could this veteran be on the trade block?
- Manu Ginobili: Despite Ginobili’s unknown future, he still has a contract for 2018-19. The Spurs gave him a two-year deal in the 2017 offseason.
- Derrick White: White will enter the second year of his rookie contract. Barring a trade, he will not go anywhere.
- Dejounte Murray: Ditto for Murray, except it will be his third season.
- Brandon Paul: The Spurs gave Paul a guaranteed two-year deal in 2017. He showed flashes in October but fell out of favor and averaged just nine minutes per game in 64 appearances; on the roster bubble this offseason.
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Will all of these players remain on the Spurs roster in the fall? If not, who will be the player(s) that leave the organization?