Spurs News Roundup: Austin Spurs aren't doing much better than San Antonio

Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs / C. Morgan Engel/GettyImages
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The San Antonio Spurs have dropped 11 straight losses and have won only one game since Halloween. Meanwhile, my Christmas tree is up. We expected the Spurs to be bad, and harping on why they’re not great isn’t exactly the most inspiring writing I could do, so I turned my attention over to the Austin Spurs this week, hoping that the situation would be brighter to the north.

The G-League team is 4-8 and in the middle of a losing streak, currently sitting at four games. Charles Bassey and Alize Johnson have been lighting it up in Austin, posting 21 and 33 points in their last appearances, respectively. Unfortunately, it has not translated to NBA success, as neither one of them has been able to stuff the stat sheet, and they hold a combined 1-16 record for San Antonio.

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The Spurs are waiting for someone to come and save the franchise, and fans are looking to the NCAA and international games to find the guy who could turn this ship around. A few free agent names have been mentioned, namely Sharife Cooper, a point guard currently playing for the Charge in the G-League. 

Cooper is a scoring machine and could help pick up the offense when Tre Jones sits, and Malaki Branham continues to recover from injury. The Spurs would have to make a roster cut, but they have the means to do so, and there is a sizeable list of players who might not be suited for NBA play on the roster. 

Keldon Johnson seems to have broken last week’s cold streak, exploding for 27 points in the most recent blowout loss to the Suns. The team may not look great, but if Johnson can get back in stride, then maybe the Spurs can play competitive basketball. 

Patty Mills has been mentioned in trade talks as the Brooklyn Nets look to bolster their frontcourt. Brooklyn fans seem to want to build a package of Mills, Cam Thomas, and a first-round pick for a forward or center, and I think the Spurs could send Poeltl over if the package becomes just a little more attractive, but it seems to almost be fair.

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The Chicago Bulls are still 12th in the Eastern Conference and seem to have no direction moving forward, so the Spurs could strike gold in 2025 when the pick they got in the DeMar DeRozan trade hits. The Atlanta Hawks are playing quite well but seem to be in a tailspin, so future assets by way of Atlanta could make the Spurs look like bandits after the Dejounte Murray trade.

DaRon Holmes II is the Spurs center prospect nobody is talking about (yet). dark. Next

Anthony Davis is playing the Lakers into the playoffs and himself into the MVP conversation, which is not good for noted critics of “Street Clothes,” like me.

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