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San Antonio Spurs: 2018-19 salaries for players that may opt in

By Rob Wolkenbrod
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball from the free-throw line during the game against the Washington Wizards on March 27, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball from the free-throw line during the game against the Washington Wizards on March 27, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs have three players that have options for their 2018-19 contracts. How much can they make?

With the 2018 offseason here, the San Antonio Spurs potentially have decisions to make on the future of the franchise. That includes Kawhi Leonard’s status. However, player options will leave the decision out of the front office’s hands.

In the 2017 offseason, the Spurs handed out player options to two free agents. Another one had an option used in his contract earlier this decade. If LaMarcus Aldridge did not sign a contract extension before the 2017-18 season, he would be in this conversation, too.

How much could the Spurs owe the players that have exercisable options? Let’s take a look (all salaries are via Basketball-Reference):

  • Danny Green: $10 million
  • Rudy Gay: $8.8 million
  • Joffrey Lauvergne: $1.7 million

Green signed a four-year contract in 2015, three of which featured guaranteed seasons. The final season matches the salary of the per-year numbers from the past three years. There’s no word on what his decision will be.

Gay signed a two-year deal in 2017, with the second season as a player option. He was given this as part of a “prove-it” contract after suffering a torn Achilles in January 2017. Like Green, it’s unknown if Gay will opt into his deal.

Lauvergne also signed in 2017 and received a player option for his second season. After an injury-filled campaign, it’s unknown if the Spurs will bring him back, even if he opts into the deal.

If all three players opt out, the Spurs would recoup $20.5 million in salaries. Along with Tony Parker’s expiring contract and the three restricted free agents, it places the franchise just below the salary cap. If all three stay, then there might need to be a creative move or two, as long as moves are desired this summer.

Next: 2018 NBA Mock Draft: SAS edition

The Spurs have multiple situations on their hands this offseason, including these player contracts; these could make or break what they do with transactions.

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