5 Things Spurs must immediately do the minute free agency begins

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2. Lock in Tre Jones

Jones had a breakout third season where he became the Spurs starting point guard and lead playmaker. The 6’1 guard averaged 12.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 29.2 minutes per game, but there are questions about Jones’ best role moving forward.

He is undersized and struggles mightily on the defensive end of the floor. Victor Wembanyama can clean up a lot of those messes with his rim-protecting and shot-blocking chops, but the Spurs want a better playmaker and distributor to lead their offense.

Jones is 23 years old and still improving. The Spurs should bring him back, especially if he is willing to re-sign to a reasonable number to stay in San Antonio. Jones would be one of the best backup point guards in the league, and he gives head coach Gregg Popovich lineup options around Wembanyama.

The San Antonio Spurs should quickly work out a new deal for the restricted free agent. They do not want to be stuck waiting to see how much Jones can get on the open market before deciding to match. San Antonio should go on the offensive to lock him in long-term minutes after free agency opens on June 30.