NBA cap expert's offseason forecast for Spurs aligns with recent reports

ESPN NBA insider Bobby Marks gave explained the San Antonio Spurs' cap situation and gave his opinion on a potential trade target.
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Everything heard and reported has to be taken with a grain of salt at a time like this. Teams are cautious with letting their plans out to the public but there can also be a desire to curb fans expectations if the noise starts to get too loud. It is reasonable that the San Antonio Spurs could find themselves in the latter position. Excitement is at an all-time high right now, with good reason, despite the dissatisfying season soon to conclude.

When you take a step back and think about how Devin Vassell began playing before being sidelined by injury and the flashes of brilliance Jeremy Sochan started putting on display, there are several reasons to be optimistic about the future besides the obvious: Victor Wembanyama.

Still, recent reports suggest that though Spurs fans may want to put the pedal to the floor and speed back toward relevancy, the front office may be looking to appreciate the journey on cruise control.

This isn't the news that many of the 2-1-0's best want to hear. The Spurs haven't made the playoffs since 2019, a painful trend for everyone who remembers the almost cinematic level of success that preceded the drought. The return can't come soon enough but if this report is true, there is no way San Antonio makes their re-entry to the postseason next season in a tough Western Conference.

The truth of what the Silver and Black may do could lie somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. If reasonable but not substantial improvements are made, fans may get enough of what they need to quell their outrage. The natural growth of the core players should elevate the team based on an additional summer of training. If they take this path, the Spurs could put themselves in a better cap position to be aggressive in free agency in 2025 while adding a potential top pick in the draft.

“The Spurs are not flushed with cap space like Detroit and Philadelphia. I project them to have $25 million in room, which includes the cap hold for their first-round pick, but accounts for waiving Devonte' Graham and Charles Bassey and renouncing all their free agents."-ESPN'S Bobby Marks

Now this is not necessarily a "Where there's smoke, there's fire" scenario since Marks's trade target comes from his own opinion on what the Spurs should do but that opinion is formed from expertise. The overall message he is expressing is a hesitance to make an aggressive move through trade unless it's a no-brainer.

He explicitly states that he would not make a substantial bid for Trae Young. None of this means that the Spurs will move in a way that aligns with Windhorst's report or Marks's opinion but if they do, don't be surprised because the signs of a quiet offseason are there.