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3 San Antonio Spurs likely on hot seat after NBA Draft

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The San Antonio Spurs had quite the draft night, which lived up to the months of anticipation. The Spurs used their three first-round picks to select Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, and Blake Wesley, each of whom will join the team next season. The infusion of young talent is definitely exciting, although, it's caused the Spurs' roster to swell to 15 players.

That's a big deal because the Spurs can have max cap space in free agency but don't currently have an open roster spot available. Therefore, they will have to create roster space one way or another. With all of that in mind, let's go through the roster and determine which players are likely on the hot seat after the NBA Draft.

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1. Keita Bates- Diop

Spurs power forward Keita Bates-Diop played well last season but is one of the players at risk of not being retained despite his versatility and experience. Unfortunately for him, with Sochan probably starting and Doug McDermott and/or Josh Richardson playing as the backup four, Bates-Diop might not have a role on next year's team. 

Even if the Spurs were to move McDermott or Richardson, which is possible, there's no guarantee he'd have a bigger role. After all, Keldon Johnson will probably still close games at power forward. Meanwhile, Jock Landale, another Spurs player who should be on the hot seat, may be safe despite not being as good as Bates-Diop.

That's due to positional need, with the Spurs probably needing a third center more than a third power forward, especially with Zach Collins' injury history. Based on that, Bates-Diop may not be back next season.

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