The San Antonio Spurs will have a new sharpshooter on the roster when they tip off the 2021-22 season in October. As reported by Shams Charania, the team agreed to a deal with Indiana Pacers power forward Doug McDermott on a three-year, $42 million contract.
The move is one of hopefully many the Spurs will make in a summer in which they have plenty of money and plenty of problems to address. As we await further moves, GM Brian Wright has at least added a sharpshooter to a team that finished 24th in 3-point percentage and dead last in 3-point attempts last season.
The 6-7, 29-year old forward is a career 40.7 percent shooter and shot 41.1 percent over the last three seasons with the Indiana Pacers. His 13.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season were both career-highs for a season.
The last time the Spurs had a player finish with a 40.7 percent outside shooting clip in a season (on normal volume) was in 2018-19 with Davis Bertans (42.9) and Bryn Forbes (42.6). Last season, Rudy Gay led the team in perimeter shooting with 38.1 percent.
"He's one of the best shooters on the market," said ESPN's Zach Lowe on The Jump shortly after the acquisition was announced.
Adding a guy like McDermott might not do much for the Spurs defensively, but his shooting will be crucial on a team of slashers and drivers like Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker, and Derrick White.
In today's NBA, shooting is at a premium, so teams will have to spend what used to be considered "too much" for that skill set. Just look at Davis Bertans. Getting McDermott for $14 million a year is not bad at all, especially since shooting is one of the main reasons the Spurs narrowly missed the playoffs last season.
Nice start, Brian Wright. Let's see what else you got.