As they search for direction going forward the San Antonio Spurs should have their eyes set on bringing Bradley Beal to the Alamo City.
For decades the San Antonio Spurs have been viewed as one of the smartest, most well-run franchises in American sports. Their legendary run of playoff appearances, with more than a few titles mixed in along the way, is one of the most impressive runs in NBA history. But as much credit as we give the Spurs leadership for putting together competitive roster after competitive roster, they’ve also gotten incredibly lucky.
After the Big Three of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan retired, the Spurs fortunes declined rapidly. They’ve made the playoffs every year since the three greats set off into the sunset but they’ve never been quite as threatening as they once were. The one thing they’ve been missing is a star who can carry them back to that upper echelon of teams.
As the centerpiece of the trade that sent Kawhi Leonard to Toronto, Spurs fans hoped that DeMar DeRozan could be that star. To his credit, DeRozan has been fine for San Antonio. He’s played some of his best basketball in the silver and black and has been the one guy the Spurs can really lean on for stretches at a time.
But, as was the case in Toronto, questions remain about his ability to lead a championship-level team. If the Spurs feel that DeRozan isn’t the long-term solution on the wing there is another high-volume scorer who is begging to be rescued from the Eastern Conference.
The Washington Wizards poor record already cost Bradley Beal an All-Star spot this season. If he doesn’t escape the capitol soon they could cost him his prime too. The Spurs should make acquiring Beal their number one priority this summer.