The San Antonio Spurs are set to start training camp shortly, giving the new-look team a chance to gel. After all, with so much roster turnover, this year's camp could prove to be more important than in years past. The team is also noticeably younger, perhaps than ever before, adding both an air of intrigue and uncertainty.
Fortunately, the Spurs have managed to build a better fitting roster than in seasons past, one that could even surprise next season. With that in mind, let's predict how training camp might play out.
1. Thaddeus Young won’t be on the team by the start of training camp
With training camp less than two weeks away, I suspect Thaddeus Young will not be on the team by the start of training camp. Young was acquired along with Al Farouq Aminu in the trade that sent DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls, but Young appears likely to be on the move again.
With a couple of trade possibilities, San Antonio could look to move him before the start of camp, rather than having him report. Additionally, any team interested in acquiring Young would likely want him on the team by the start of their camp to ensure that he'd be able to learn their system.
Two such trade partners could include Boston or Phoenix. The Celtics have a large trade exception, which they could use to absorb his contract, possibly in exchange for a future first or 2 second-round picks.
As for Phoenix, they've reportedly offered Dario Saric, 2020 10th overall pick Jalen Smith and possibly a future second-round pick. By moving Young, San Antonio would maximize the trade return received from trading DeRozan. Also, it would free up playing time for players who better fit the Spurs' timeline.