5 San Antonio Spurs who may not be back next season
2. Khem Birch
While Khem Birch is one of the ten players who will still be under contract with the Spurs next season, the front office should consider all options for moving on from him this summer. The sixth-year center was no more than a throw-in to match salaries in the Jakob Poeltl trade, and there is no shot he unseats Zach Collins or Charles Bassey on the depth chart.
The aging interior anchor fell out of the rotation in Toronto before nagging knee pain knocked him out of commission. Birch has remained sidelined in San Antonio, but there should be no rush to get him back on the court. He could be a trade or buyout candidate, and even if the Spurs have to waive him, they have the cap space to absorb that minimal financial hit.
3. Devonte' Graham
San Antonio also acquired Devonte' Graham at the trade deadline, a fifth-year guard who ended up in the doghouse with his previous ball club. The six-foot-one marksman averaged just 5.3 points per game for the Pelicans on wretched .368/347/.746 shooting splits, making it nearly impossible for head coach Willie Green to hand him extended minutes.
The Spurs are not a forever home for Graham, but they could use the final 21 games of this season to showcase his sharpshooting talents to the rest of the league. If San Antonio can inflate his nightly numbers and mend his value, then Brian Wright might be able to move the 28-year-old elsewhere in return for younger assets and draft capital during the summer.