The offseason is only just beginning for the San Antonio Spurs, but betting odds are already out for their chances of making a splash in 2021-22. After staying quiet on draft night besides making their two picks at 12th and 41st, the Spurs are expected to make some moves to address some needs this summer.
NBA free agency officially begins on Monday, August 2nd at 6 p.m. ET. This is when teams can begin negotiating with free agents to reach an agreement before being able to make signings official on Friday, August 6th at 12:01 p.m. ET.
As currently constructed, the Spurs will likely fall in the play-in area of the Western Conference for the third straight season, if not worse. Looking at the odds bettors are giving them to reach the NBA Finals, it's hard to argue too much with their predictions.
Per the 2022 NBA Championship odds courtest of WynnBET, the San Antonio Spurs are tied for having the third-worst odds of taking home the Larry O'Brien trophy next season. At +20000, the Spurs are tied with the Timberwolves, Thunder, Magic, Pistons, Kings, and Wizards. The only teams with lower odds are the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets with +30000.
One thing to note is these odds were published before the 2021 NBA Draft. After the night the Rockets had in the draft, I'd be shocked to see them anywhere near that low when odds are updated. The division rivals came away with Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba, and Josh Christopher by the end of the night.
Meanwhile, the Spurs selected for the future by taking 18-year-old Joshua Primo in the first round and sharpshooter Joe Wieskamp in the second.
After winning the NBA title, the Milwaukee Bucks have the fourth-best odds of winning another one next season at +1200. The top three as of Monday, July 26th were the Brooklyn Nets (+200), Los Angeles Lakers (+400), and Golden State Warriors (+1000).
If the Spurs don't do much in free agency and through trades this summer, I'd expect these odds to remain about the same, even though I feel like they shouldn't be grouped with teams like Cleveland and Washington. Still, a championship would be a miracle, to say the least. A playoff spot should be this team's goal as it looks to return to glory eventually.