With a flurry of offseason moves in the books, who projects as a free agent in 2019 for the San Antonio Spurs?
The San Antonio Spurs may have an eye on the 2018-19 season but, in the NBA, it’s always on the lookout for the year afterward, especially free agency. Teams prep for the open market years in advance, setting up salary cap space for the next big name to see their contract expire; the Los Angeles Lakers did this for LeBron James and the other mid-priced players they signed this summer.
For 2019, the Spurs project at $108 million in salaries if they do not make a roster move between now and then. That’s with players who are projected to hit free agency.
With San Antonio’s roster in different shape than it was to start the offseason, who will see their contracts expire or are eligible to reach the open market? Let’s take a look:
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- Pau Gasol: Gasol’s contract is only guaranteed for $6.7 million of the $16 million he’s owed in 2019-20. The Spurs can free up some flexibility for less expensive talent if they stretch Gasol’s deal.
- Rudy Gay: Gay’s $10 million salary will leave the books. He re-signed with the Spurs for this figure on the first day of free agency.
- Dante Cunningham: San Antonio brought Cunningham in on a one-year, $2.5 million. It was part of the Bi-Annual Exception.
- Manu Ginobili: Ginobili has yet to officially announce his playing intentions for the 2018-19 season. If he returns, it will be on a $2.5 million that comes off the books next summer.
- Brandon Paul: The Spurs can waive Paul before Aug. 1 and not have his salary count towards the 2018-19 cap. If they choose not to, he will become a free agent next year.
This list can change with contract extensions or player movement. For now, who is the most likely player to stay beyond 2018-19? How about departing?