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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Buyout candidates that could help down the stretch

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 19: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to drive around Stanley Johnson #7 of the Detroit Pistons during the first half at Little Caesars Arena on November 19, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 19: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to drive around Stanley Johnson #7 of the Detroit Pistons during the first half at Little Caesars Arena on November 19, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 13: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high fives Head Coach Larry Drew of the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 13, 2018 at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 13: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high fives Head Coach Larry Drew of the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 13, 2018 at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

If the trade deadline comes and goes without any major moves, the San Antonio Spurs could improve their roster with these potential buyout candidates.

The trade deadline is fast approaching and San Antonio Spurs fans are excited to see if the front office decides to shake up their roster for a postseason run.

With rumors flying around about Kevin Love and Jonathon Simmons among others, the Spurs should have some options in the trade market.

However, San Antonio isn’t known for pulling the trigger on big-time moves at the trade deadline, so they may be looking forward to the buyout market to add a veteran or two.

Here are a few players that could get bought out of their current contracts and hit the market as free agents after the trade deadline.

Next: Chandler Parsons

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – OCTOBER 22: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies drives around Ricky Rubio #3 of the Utah Jazz in the first half of a NBA game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 22, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – OCTOBER 22: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies drives around Ricky Rubio #3 of the Utah Jazz in the first half of a NBA game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 22, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

Chandler Parsons

We don’t really know if Chandler Parsons has anything left in the tank as injuries have kept him on the sidelines for much of his NBA career.

He’s only played in three games for the Grizzlies this season, and he’s currently sitting out while the team decides what they’re going to do with his contract situation.

I can’t imagine many teams would be willing to give up much for Parsons in a trade, so the most likely scenario ends in Memphis buying out the rest of his contract.

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In theory, Parsons is a three-and-D wing player who can give 10-15 quality minutes per night.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Parsons perform at a high level, but he might be capable of giving a playoff team three months of solid basketball after sitting out most of the year.

Next: JR Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 14: Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith #5 handles the ball against the Washington Wizards on November 14, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 14: Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith #5 handles the ball against the Washington Wizards on November 14, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images)

JR Smith

At this point of his career JR Smith is more of a meme than a basketball player, but he still has some desirable skills for potential playoff teams.

Like Chandler Parsons, Smith has also sat out most of the season due to his contract situation and he will likely get bought out in the next month or two.

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Smith hit 37.5% of his three-point attempts last season, and he’s still capable of playing solid defense when he’s completely engaged.

In this situation the Spurs wouldn’t be spending more than the minimum on JR Smith, so it may be worth the  low risk to see if he can give you some good games off the bench down the stretch.

Next: Jeremy Lin

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 11: Jeremy Lin #7 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers on January 11, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 11: Jeremy Lin #7 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers on January 11, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jeremy Lin

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Jeremy Lin is pretty clearly the best player of this trio of buyout candidates, and it’s likely that the Hawks will move on from him as they begin to enter full tank mode.

Lin has played very well for Atlanta this year with a true shooting percentage of over 60% and a player efficiency rating of 16.6. And buying out the rest of his contract will help the Hawks lose games in the second half of the season.

The Spurs are pretty deep at point guard, but they lack playmaking ability at that position outside of Derrick White.

Lin could give San Antonio 20 quality minutes at point guard every night and make them an even more formidable contender than they already are.

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The Spurs will face some stiff competition in this year’s buyout market with plenty of teams thinking they have a chance at a deep playoff run, but there are plenty of good players worth taking a look at once they are bought out.

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