5 Spurs who won't last the entire 2023–24 season

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3.) Devonte’ Graham

Spurs guard Devonte’ Graham appears set to return next season and play his first full year with the team. He may not make it to the regular season, however, particularly after San Antonio traded for former Phoenix Suns backup point guard Cam Payne. With Payne now in the mix, the team has two decent options at point guard, along with projected starter Tre Jones.

That seemingly leaves Graham on the outside looking in on the rotation, and with his $12.1 million salary for next season, he is looking more and more like a trade candidate. The Spurs could look to pair him with another player or two on this list and trade them for a big expiring contract, with players such as Tobias Harris, Kyle Lowry, and Jonas Valanciunas coming to mind as potential options. In doing so, San Antonio would consolidate those players into just one, saving roster space while potentially improving the team in the process.

Graham is under contract for beyond next season, though, interestingly enough, his contract goes from $12.1 million in 2023–24 to just $2.8 million in guaranteed salary in 2024–25. That could make him valuable to another team since he is good enough to play a role off the bench, but they wouldn't be stuck paying him if he doesn't work out. Based on that, I fully expect Graham to not finish the season with the Spurs.

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