San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

Is Richaun Holmes the answer for the Spurs at center?

Richaun Holmes, DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl
Richaun Holmes, DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl / Ronald Cortes/Getty Images
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It’s not often that the San Antonio Spurs have upwards of $50 million in possible cap space to play with. In most summers, this would be great news for the team, but the free-agent market is relatively shallow. To make matters more complicated, the most talented free agent hitting the market is from their own team — DeMar DeRozan.

On the dawn of another offseason, San Antonio’s leadership has some difficult decisions to face. From a team-building perspective, the team’s frontcourt depth seems to be one of the key issues to address. Though starting center Jakob Poeltl had an excellent year, finally stepping into the starting center role, San Antonio’s frontcourt depth is shallow.

Enter Richaun Holmes — A 6-foot-10 journeyman who just finished the best year of his six-year career with the Sacramento Kings. An energizer who plays with a unique blend of skill, patience and athletic ability, Holmes could provide this San Antonio Spurs team with a level of reliability from their backup center spot that they’ve desperately needed.

Holmes brings all of the intangible details that Poeltl lacks at the center position. He doesn’t have the same looming stature as the Spurs’ starting center, but he brings an intensity that Poeltl is sorely lacking. Though backup big Drew Eubanks showed improvement, his 2020-21 season doesn’t stack up against what Holmes brings to the table.