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

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Keita Bates-Diop

After barely making the team in the preseason, it appeared unlikely that Keita Bates-Diop would play a large role for the Spurs this season. Instead, he would log nearly 1000 minutes and prove surprisingly capable on both ends of the floor. Defensively, he used his size, length, and mobility to keep his man in front of him and force tough shots. Moreover, opponents hit just 44.8% of their shots when guarded by Bates-Diop compared to 47.9% for Devin Vassell and 48.9% for Murray.

On offense, Bates-Diop got easy baskets by playing smart. He scored effectively off of cuts, put-backs, and running the floor in transition. To be honest, he's a jump shot away from being a very good rotation player but he hit only 30.9% of his threes. Still, he has a team option for $1.8 million and he was more than good enough to have his option picked up next season.

Verdict: Keep

Overall, San Antonio has most of their roster under contract for next season, but with limited roster space, there are several players on non or partially guaranteed deals that they'll have to make a decision on.

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A lot will ride on what they do in the draft, whether they decide to re-sign Walker, and potential trades. However, no matter what, it's likely that next season's roster will look different with some familiar faces gone and new ones to take their place.