5 Spurs who are expendable, 3 they can't afford to trade

The Spurs need to make moves to maximize Victor Wembanyama.
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Expendable: Tre Jones

The Spurs re-signed Jones to a two-year deal worth $19 million in the offseason and have made him their backup point guard. Despite all the team’s struggles in this area, Gregg Popovich has not turned to the 23-year-old. Jones started 65 games in the 2022-23 season, but the franchise views him as a reserve moving forward.

He averages 7.9 points, 5.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 23.9 minutes per game this season. Jones is a career 27.3 percent 3-point shooter and his effective field goal percentage is currently the lowest of his career.

Spurs fans know what to expect from Tre Jones. He is a strong backup point guard, but overused as a starter. The 23-year-old makes $9.1 million next season, which is below the non-taxpayer mid-level exception. He is not on a hefty salary, but does Jones want an expanded role?

The San Antonio Spurs should explore his market. They can find a veteran backup point guard for the minimum. Tre Jones is better than those players but will struggle in the playoffs. If the Spurs want to contend, moving on from the 6’1 guard could be best. Jones is certainly expendable if some team is willing to offer value for him.