Barring a miracle finish, the San Antonio Spurs are likely looking at a first-round playoff exit at best this season. While they’ve been playing better recently, their consistently inconsistent basketball doesn’t bode well for a potential series against the Utah Jazz or Phoenix Suns.
Obviously, I’d love to eat crow with that assessment. Who knows — if Derrick White’s injury isn’t as serious as it looked and the Spurs get hot at the right time, maybe they make some noise. Either way, it’s clear San Antonio will need to make a lot of changes this summer.
Fortunately, the Spurs will have plenty of money to spend this offseason, with $52 million in practical cap space, per Spotrac. While they’ll certainly get some help in a loaded NBA Draft, history tells me those picks might spend their first years in an as-needed role, such as Devin Vassell has taken this year.
With that said, San Antonio should look to the free agent market to plug in some weak areas that need addressing. With less than 20 percent of the season remaining, here are three player-option free agents they should keep their eyes on in the final stretch.
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