San Antonio Spurs: Updated 2018 free-agent situation
By Rob Wolkenbrod
With players making decisions on their future, let’s skim through the San Antonio Spurs’ free agents for the summer of 2018.
The San Antonio Spurs, with the 2018 NBA Draft over, have free agency set for Sunday, July 1. This allows players no longer under contract to talk with any team they want and agree to a verbal contract, but those can’t be signed until later in the month.
Before that, those with player options or early termination options have the ability to choose their fate for the summer. They can hit free agency and seek a new contract or choose to stay with their team from the previous season.
For the Spurs, they had seven projected free agents for the summer of 2018, some of which were set to make decisions on player options. With the recent developments, let’s look at the updated list of free agents:
- Tony Parker (unrestricted): Parker will hit free agency once July 1 hits. After 17 years, is his time in San Antonio over?
- Bryn Forbes (restricted): The Spurs can offer Forbes a qualifying option when he enters the open market. Teams can then sign him to an offer sheet, with San Antonio able to match anything given to him. Is his a two-and-done player with the Silver and Black?
- Davis Bertans (restricted): After two seasons, Bertans can hit the open market as a restricted free agent. Will the Spurs bring him back on a qualifying offer?
- Kyle Anderson (restricted): According to the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs will look to re-sign Anderson; he might be the most coveted of their restricted free agents in July.
- Joffrey Lauvergne (player option): Lauvergne is reportedly leaning towards opting out of his 2018-19 contract. If so, he would potentially play in Europe.
- Danny Green (player option): Green officially picked up his $10 million option for the 2018-19 season. It’s the final season of a four-year deal he signed in 2015.
- Rudy Gay (player option): Gay is out after one season, declining his player option for $8.8 million. It’s unknown if he will consider a return.
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That’s where everything stands for the Spurs on Tuesday, June 26. There are still decisions to be made on players, including one of the franchise’s cornerstones of nearly two decades. What will unfold once the clock strikes Midnight ET on July 1?