4 fringe Spurs players that deserve another shot next season

After missing the playoffs for a fifth straight year, the San Antonio Spurs' roster may see plenty of upheaval, but they should consider keeping these players.
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2) Sandro Mamukelashvili

Over the final seven games of the season, Sandro Mamukelashvili thrived in a bigger role, averaging 11.6 points and 9.7 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game. He also drilled 38.5% of his threes on 3.7 attempts per game, proving that he can adequately space the floor, especially while playing next to Wembanyama.

He will be a free agent this summer and the Spurs could and should seek to bring him back on a cheap, multi-year deal. Something in the neighborhood of 3-years and $15-$18 million would be cheap enough not to impact the Spurs team salary in a major way but might turn out to be a value deal.

Mamu doesn't project to be a starting power forward, but he could absolutely play the backup four and give San Antonio something different than Jeremy Sochan does. He's a better shooter and passer and he has done an impressive job on the glass.

He's also terrific at cutting when his man turns their head, putting himself in the defense's blind spot and allowing him to get easy baskets. Those skills should make him a fit in most two big-man lineups and he'd likely carve out a consistent role if given another chance by the Spurs this summer.