Spurs news roundup: free agent signings and poor play continues

San Antonio Spurs, Devin Vassell
San Antonio Spurs, Devin Vassell / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

To put it nicely, the San Antonio Spurs are in a bit of a rut. To be blunter, they just are not a very good basketball team. While it’s true that they have some talented players like Jakob Poeltl, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell, none of those guys would be the top two options on a playoff team, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Spurs are not anywhere close to being a playoff team

To be more positive, it’s becoming clear that the Spurs fleeced the Celtics in the Derrick White trade. With another first-round pick inbound in 2028, the Spurs have worked on Romeo Langford, allowed Josh Richardson room to improve, and even used a late first-round pick on Malaki Branham, who seems to be a decent playmaker as he returns from injury. 

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In more recent Spurs news, it’s alarming that the team does not have a finisher. Despite a stellar performance from Devin Vassell on Wednesday, the Spurs lost to the depleted Thunder, 111-119. Not to mention, they were up by 17 points at the half. I’m starting to doubt that the Spurs have a game manager who will keep them ahead, and I’m not convinced they will find one in the draft.

The Spurs also signed forward Alize Johnson from Austin and waived Jordan Hall. Johnson posted 22.2 points, 1.2 steals, and ten rebounds on efficient shooting in six G-League games this season. Charles Bassey could be on the way out if Johnson outplays him. 

News Around the NBA

The Chicago Bulls still have a losing record and are on the outside looking in, which could help the Spurs as they own their 2025 draft pick. Luka Doncic leads the MVP ladder thanks to averaging an insane 34 points and is the only reason they are slated as high as the eighth seed. Expect a member of the league-best Celtics--Jayson Tatum--to snag the top spot in the coming days.

Former Spur Dejounte Murray made a fool out of himself in a recent game against the Rockets, giving Houston their fifth win.