After being signed during the second half of the season, San Antonio Spurs center Gorgui Dieng was able to step in and immediately contribute. In fact, his play, along with Jakob Poeltl and Drew Eubanks, proved solid enough to help the Spurs smoothly transition away from former all-star LaMarcus Aldridge this past season.
In limited minutes, Dieng averaged 5.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He also flashed the ability to do much more that doesn't show up on the stat sheets, particularly on the defensive end. That said, it's unclear whether he'll return next season.
Dieng is an upcoming free agent, and the Spurs will have to decide whether to try and re-sign him. It might seem like a no-brainer, assuming the price is right, though it isn't quite that simple for the Spurs. While, according to Brian Wright, the focus of the rest of the season will be to find big men to replenish the frontcourt, the team may want to save money to send big offers to players like John Collins or Lauri Markkanen.
With the Spurs selecting Josh Primo in the draft, rather than a big man, this is now all the more important. Unless the plan for the Spurs is to focus solely on developing the young core and allowing them to play the most important role, if they have any intention of making the playoffs, acquiring a big name big man in free agency needs to be the team's top priority.
With that all in mind, we'll discuss the reasons why the Spurs may and may not re-sign Gorgui Dieng this offseason.