Spurs: Updated roster, depth chart after free agency frenzy
By Josh Paredes
The San Antonio Spurs took a massive step in a new direction when they sent Dejounte Murray off to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Thursday wasn't as impactful on the roster, but there were still some changes to the lineups in the midst of the free agency madness.
The official tipoff of the free agency period began at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, and it didn't disappoint. Just hours before, Kevin Durant surprised everyone by formally requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets despite Kyrie Irving's recent decision to opt in. The move was unprecedented from a player of his caliber on a contract without player options.
Of course, in typical Durant fashion, he only wanted to be dealt to certain teams, particularly contenders in the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns. While that was expected to halt many signings and movement around the league, that's not exactly what happened.
Over 24 free agents signed new deals within the first hour of free agency, including former Spur returning to the Brooklyn Nets on a two-year, $14.5 million year. Meanwhile, two more Spurs departed in addition to Murray, whose trade was made official on Thursday.
Jock Landale and Lonnie Walker are no longer San Antonio Spurs
After the Spurs made Lonnie Walker an unrestricted free agent by rescinding their qualifying offer, he found himself with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year, $6.5 million deal.
In addition, the Atlanta Hawks announced that Jock Landale was also involved in the deal from San Antonio.
The Spurs current roster and depth chart
After the additional shuffling on Thursday but no new signings, the Spurs now sit at 13 players -- 11 of them being on guaranteed deals while Tre Jones and Keita Bates-Diop are non-guaranteed.
As it stands, here's what the depth chart projects to look like as the Spurs look toward the season.
PG: Josh Primo, Tre Jones, Blake Wesley
SF: Keldon Johnson, Malaki Branham
C: Jakob Poeltl, Zach Collins
PF: Doug McDermott, Jeremy Sochan, Keita Bates-Diop
SG: Devin Vassell, Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford
As of Friday morning, there are still several notable names that haven't signed contracts yet, including Deandre Ayton and Collin Sexton.
The way the front office appears to be heading toward a full rebuild this season, however, I wouldn't hold my breath that the Spurs will make a splashy signing in the coming days.