San Antonio Spurs: Three transactions to consider before the season begins

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 08: Drew Eubanks #14 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on in the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Convert San Antonio Spurs center Drew Eubanks’ deal from a two-way to a legitimate NBA contract.

For the last two seasons, former Oregon State star Drew Eubanks has been working in the G-League on two-way contracts to become the best version of himself. It’s clear that head coach Gregg Popovich favors him over some of the other options since he started Eubanks in multiple games when his team dealt with frontcourt injuries.

Giving Eubanks an NBA deal ensures that one of their future roster spots is filled on a relatively cheap deal while instilling faith and confidence in the young big man. Though Eubanks didn’t do much during those limited minutes and unexpected starts, he flashed lots of heart and hustle, which are traits that San Antonio needs out of its frontcourt right now.

For a team without much cap space to toy with in the future, giving Eubanks his official rookie deal ensures that they have a quality player on the roster for years to come without having to pay him as much as they could if he really pops in Orlando or later on. It’s the kind of cap-saving deal that teams have to consider with the salary cap likely to plummet as a result of COVID-19 and the NBA’s tensions with China earlier in the season.

In 22 games with the Austin Spurs this year, Eubanks averaged 15.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while leading the team in both true shooting percentage (69.4%) and Block Percentage (6.5%). There’s an argument to be made that he’s the best prospect on the team — though I’d suggest it’s sophomore big man Chimezie Metu — and now is the best chance they’ll get to ensure his future with the team without making any major risks.

Converting Eubanks’ two-way deal to a full-time contract would let the team sign someone else to a two-way deal in his place.

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