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3 Most important Spurs roster decisions Popovich must make in 2023

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3. Which players in the 5+ year club will survive the season in SA?

Heading into the 2022-23 season, the Spurs currently have four players on the roster that have been in the league for five or more years. Gorgui Dieng leads the pack, having played nine years in the league, while Doug McDermott (8), Josh Richardson (7), and Jakob Poeltl (6) are just behind him.

Dieng was likely brought on as big man insurance and probably wouldn't have much value to another team in a potential trade. The same can't be said for the other three, however. Poeltl probably has the most trade value of the group, as he's a defensive anchor only hitting his prime at 27 years old. There is a major market for someone of Jakob's skills, especially for teams missing that one paint presence that can put them in a new tier.

Shooting is also a highly valued quality, and McDermott has been a knockdown shooter for eight years running. The Spurs likely wouldn't hesitate to move on from his contract, especially since they appear to be filling his position with other prospects.

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I believe at least one of this trio will be gone by the trade deadline next year, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if two of them were moved.

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