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Keep or Cut: What Should Spurs Do With Team Options?

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Tre Jones, Zach Collins
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Jock Landale

Initially, it appeared as though Jock Landale might spend his first year in the NBA chained to the bench playing behind Drew Eubanks. Fortunately, Landale was eventually given a chance to prove himself and played fairly well. 

While he didn't shoot the ball as well from outside as expected, he was physical on both sides of the ball and still contributed on offense. He should shoot the ball much better next season, but I suspect that he might not be back. 

After all, San Antonio already has Jakob Poeltl and Collins, and while having a third center is necessary for when injuries pop up, the Spurs may look to the draft to fill that role. One option could be Jalen Duren, who'd probably be available with the 9th pick. If San Antonio drafts Duren, it may spell trouble for Landale, who'd be the fifth wheel in the team's center rotation.

Verdict: Cut

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Tre Jones

In his second season with the Spurs, Tre Jones established himself as a true NBA player and has the potential to be the team's next long-term backup point guard. His 3-point shooting could eventually be an issue if it doesn't improve, but Jones otherwise was a perfectly capable offensive player. 

He boasted one of the best assists to turnover ratios in the league and shot a blistering 54% on 2-pointers. He also played well as a starter averaging 13.5 points, 7.5 assists and just 1.1 turnovers in 11 starts, helping San Antonio remain competitive when All-Star Dejounte Murray missed time.

Having a backup point guard who can create for himself and others, fill in as a starter, and play effectively in both roles is valuable in and of itself. Yet, Jones has a chance to be even better next season if he can improve as a 3-point shooter.

Verdict: Keep

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