The summer of 2022 is shaping up to be a big one for the San Antonio Spurs. They’ll have $30 million in cap space and four picks, including three that are likely to end up in the top 20, to work with. That gives them plenty of options to improve the team but it may also create uncertainty for several players.
San Antonio has multiple players on non-guaranteed or expiring contracts while others are possible trade candidates, meaning they could potentially clean house in free agency. Let's take a look at four Spurs who have an uncertain future this summer.
1. Jock Landale
Jock Landale has fallen out of the rotation since Zach Collins' return from injury, and that puts his future with the team in doubt. Additionally, he has a team option for next season, and as a third-string center, his return is far from a lock. San Antonio could look elsewhere to fill out the position, with the 2022 NBA Draft being one possibility.
They can use one of their three first-rounders to select a center and, assuming they do, Landale could be the odd man out due to limited roster spots. Even if they consolidate their three picks to move up in the lottery, his future in San Antonio could still be up in the air. The Spurs could select center Chet Holmgren, which could even make Jakob Poeltl expendable, let alone Landale.
On the other hand, the team's recent history suggests that it's unlikely they'll draft a center. Still, they could sign one in free agency with the intention of having Landale compete for his role. At the moment, it doesn't appear likely that he'll be back next season, but it's highly dependent on a number of factors.