With the departure of Tony Parker, and the continued presence of Manu Ginobili, who is the next longest-tenured member of the San Antonio Spurs?
The San Antonio Spurs had plenty of roster upheaval this summer, which started with the departure of Tony Parker, who spent 17 years with the team and signed a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Kyle Anderson’s four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies followed.
To put everything over the top, the Spurs sent Kawhi Leonard (seven years) and Danny Green (eight years) to the Toronto Raptors in the offseason transaction that shook the NBA’s already-chaotic July.
With these players out, it puts an emphasis on a younger roster that’s been around hardly as much as Green, Leonard and Parker all were. Manu Ginobili (16 years) remains, of course, but it’s unknown if he will return for the 2018-19 season.
So, after Ginobili, who stands as the longest tenured Spur? It’s as of the end to the 2017-18 season.
- Patty Mills (7 years)
- LaMarcus Aldridge (3 years)
- Davis Bertans (2 years)
- Bryn Forbes (2 years)
- Pau Gasol (2 years)
- Dejounte Murray (2 years)
- Rudy Gay (1 year)
- Brandon Paul (1 year)
- Derrick White (1 year)
- Marco Belinelli (Less than 1 year)
- Dante Cunningham (Less than 1 year)
- DeMar DeRozan (Less than 1 year)
- Jakob Poeltl (Less than 1 year)
- Lonnie Walker IV (Less than 1 year)
It’s a significant drop from Ginobili to Mills; even Mills to Aldridge is steep and features a bunch of players just one or two years into their Spurs careers. That’s a far cry from the late 2000’s and early 2010’s rosters that had multiple players around for at least five years or more than one decade.
Times are changing in San Antonio, and the longest tenured one around is head coach Gregg Popovich. It’s not the group he once coached to five titles, but a work in progress for the 2018-19 season.