With the San Antonio Spurs in their offseason, let’s look at some of the most important dates before free agency.
The San Antonio Spurs might not make any moves before June, but it’s still their offseason, along with the rest of the NBA that’s not in the postseason. When the NBA Finals end, however, it arguably starts the Association’s second season, one that’s full of free agents, rumors, trades and other hoopla.
There will be checkpoints along the way for the Spurs, with a handful of important dates in what should be an interesting offseason. That includes the Kawhi Leonard saga that’s stirred up this organization since January.
Let’s look at these aforementioned offseason dates and what they mean before free agency (and its actual start date):
- NBA Draft Lottery – May 15: This is actually the only offseason date that does not concern the Spurs. They own the No. 18 pick, falling four spots short of the lottery.
- NBA Draft Combine – May 16-20: The opportunity for college basketball players to showcase their skills in front of talent evaluators from all 30 teams.
- 2018 NBA Draft – June 21: The Spurs own their own first-round pick and the No. 49 pick in Round 2. They selected Derrick White and Jaron Blossomgame in 2017.
- Player Option Deadline – June 24: This is the last day for player options to be exercised. Danny Green, Rudy Gay and Joffrey Lauvergne all have this in their respective 2018-19 contracts.
- NBA Free Agency – July 1: The start of the NBA’s New Year moves contracts forward and puts some on the free-agent market. San Antonio could have cap space, pending what happens with the restricted free agents and player options.
The Spurs will be busy before July 1, potentially selecting two players from college (or internationally) and gathering who will return to the team in 2018-19. After that, it sets up the NBA’s Wild West: the free-agent market.