The 2022 San Antonio Spurs are going to look very different from any version we've ever seen of the team. With the departures of three of their longest-tenured veterans, San Antonio's season will be predicated on how well their core of young talent can assume bigger roles and gel together.
While we already have some ideas on lineups Coach Gregg Popovich should experiment with, the roster isn't quite set yet. On Saturday, the news broke that the Spurs were waiving Chandler Hutchison, who was acquired from Washington along with a 2022 second-round pick.
The move officially leaves 16 players with guaranteed contracts on the training camp roster, according to Project Spurs' Paul Garcia. Garcia also states San Antonio will have to unload at least one more player to meet the maximum allowed of 15 by October 18th.
While a big trade is still possible, I wouldn't bet on the Spurs making a play for Sixers point guard Ben Simmons anytime soon, despite the continuing rumors circulating. The asking price from Daryl Morey still seems to be too high. That said, the Spurs will have to at least make a minor move or two before the season begins on October 20th.
Here's how I believe the rest of the summer will likely play out for the Spurs.
The San Antonio Spurs sign Joe Wieskamp to a two-way contract
As reported by The Athletic's Scott Dochterman, San Antonio will be signing Joe Wieskamp to a two-way contract. NBA teams are allowed to have two players on two-way contracts in addition to the 15 regular roster spots.
Keita Bates-Diop takes the other two-way spot on the Spurs
Whether Keita Bates-Diop returns to the Spurs will be up to him, as he'd have to give San Antonio permission to pull their qualifying offer for the second two-way spot.
Bates-Diop has shown me enough to think he's earned a spot on the team as a reserve and possibly even more. It would be a surprise if he decided to go elsewhere. Then again, if he catches the eye of another team that could offer a bigger role now, he should take it.
The San Antonio Spurs will likely waive Al-Farouq Aminu
With the roster mostly set and one man still needing to be cut, that will probably be Al-Farouq Aminu. The 30-year-old power forward doesn't really fit the Spurs' timeline and likely wouldn't get any minutes if he remained in San Antonio.
The Spurs will likely weigh offers for Thaddeus Young
Since the Spurs acquired veteran Thaddeus Young from Chicago in the DeMar DeRozan trade, there have been several reports of teams interested in him. The latest rumor from HoopsHype said to keep an eye on Phoenix Suns big Jalen Smith in a potential deal, who was drafted 10th overall in 2020.
From everything I've read, there are multiple contenders interested in Thaddeus Young. The Spurs will likely weigh offers and would probably be satisfied with obtaining some future draft picks or young prospects in return.
Still, I believe Thaddeus could play a nice role on the team, so I don't see the Spurs giving him away for pennies on the dollar. Don't be surprised if he's on the roster on opening night but dealt during the season if better offers are made.