2018 free agency is hardly over, but it’s never too early to look at who will hit the open market for the San Antonio Spurs in 2019.
The San Antonio Spurs are 13 days into 2018 free agency, which they entered with seven players set to hit the open market; four of them have returned while three left for other opportunities. This included Tony Parker to the Charlotte Hornets on a two-year, $10 million contract.
The 2018 offseason will extend into the late summer and close to the fall, but an eye on 2019 has arguably already started. Teams will eye open cap space for future free agents and project their roster for one year ahead.
For 2019, how does San Antonio’s free-agent outlook appear to be? How many players could depart? Let’s take a look:
- Pau Gasol: With a partially guaranteed salary for the 2019-20 season, the Spurs can waive Gasol and open up cap space. If not, it’s $16 million on the books for another year.
- Rudy Gay: Gay opted out of his deal, but chose to return on a one-year, $10 million deal for 2018-19.
- Danny Green: After opting into his contract for the 2018-19 season, Green will hit unrestricted free agency in 2019. His $10 million salary will come off the books.
- Manu Ginobili: It’s unknown if Ginobili will even return for his 17th season at age 41. If he does, his $2.5 million contract will come off the books next July.
- Brandon Paul: The Spurs have to guarantee his contract after August 1. If they do, this will add another free agent to the mix next year.
- Kawhi Leonard: Given the direction of the 2018 offseason, Leonard might not be a Spurs by the end of today, tomorrow, next week, next month or by training camp. Of course he could also remain with them into the start of the season. If so, he has an opt-out clause for 2019-20.
This situation can change over the next 12 months, but it’s the early look at who the Spurs may lose in the 2019 offseason. Which player is most likely to remain for the 2019-20 season? Who could leave sooner?