Nearly two months before 2018 free agency starts, let’s look at the San Antonio Spurs contracts for next season.
The San Antonio Spurs only ended their 2017-18 season weeks ago, but that means an eye gets turned towards the 2018-19 season and what’s next. Whether it’s the NBA Draft, free agency or controversy, it should be an intriguing offseason for the Silver and Black.
For a way-too-early look at the 2018-19 season, there are contracts in place for Spurs players that will not hit free agency. This includes those with player options in their deals, so let’s take a look at who this features (all numbers are via Basketball-Reference):
- LaMarcus Aldridge: $22,347,015
- Kawhi Leonard: $20,099,189
- Pau Gasol: $16,000,000
- Patty Mills: $11,571,429
- Danny Green: $10,000,000 (player option)
- Rudy Gay: $8,826,500 (player option)
- Manu Ginobili: $2,500,000
- Joffrey Lauvergne: $1,656,092 (player option)
- Derrick White: $1,667,160
- Dejounte Murray: $1,544,951
- Brandon Paul: $1,378,242 (non-guaranteed before Aug. 1)
These figures take up the majority of a potential $101 million salary cap. That’s without Tony Parker — if he returns — and Bryn Forbes, Davis Bertans and Kyle Anderson’s restricted free-agent statuses and a 2018 first-round pick. So, San Antonio may easily go over the cap and work from there.
Releasing Brandon Paul before his contract becomes guaranteed seems possible. It gives the Spurs an extra roster space and frees up some cap room, even if it will not be for a top free agent.
Any other roster-shuffling would come from trades, which points at Kawhi Leonard’s future. If he’s moved this offseason, it obviously changes the look of the payroll, whether the Spurs acquire players and picks, just players or just draft picks in a trade package.
The salary situation will change as San Antonio’s offseason continues. With multiple checkpoints to go before the 2018-19 season is even a thought, it should make for a fluctuant situation — unless Leonard stays, while everyone re-signs or opts into their respective contracts.