The San Antonio Spurs are entering one of their most exciting offseasons in recent memory with the impending arrival of Victor Wembanyama later this month. While the team is counting down the days until the 2023 NBA Draft, that isn't the only thing they should focus on this summer.
The Silver and Black have seven players entering free agency, with some notable names hitting the open market. But with three draft picks about to join the roster, who should general manager Brian Wright and the rest of the front office bring back next season?
1. Tre Jones
It's a no-brainer the Spurs should bring back Tre Jones this summer. Their 2020 second-round pick was pushed into the starting lineup last season after the departure of Dejounte Murray, and he held his own in a new role on one of the youngest teams in the league.
The 23-year-old played more games than any other Spurs player a year ago, averaging 12.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.3 steals on 45.9% shooting from the floor. He ranked inside the top 15 in assists per game and even recorded two triple-doubles.
The offense looked its best whenever Jones was on the floor for the Silver and Black, often acting as the floor general that kept the team together in some of their best performances. Additionally, Jones showed improvement throughout the season, even going 43% from deep over his last ten games. While he's nowhere near a knockdown shooter, he showed increased confidence that could translate into better efficiency next season.
Jones enters the offseason as a restricted free agent, meaning the Spurs can match any contract offer he receives from another team. San Antonio should prioritize re-signing the former Duke Blue Devil as a fundamentally sound point guard option to pair next to their incoming 7-foot-5 alien.