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The Spurs got LaMarcus Aldridge. What's next?

After landing their main target, the Spurs still need to round out their roster and don't have a lot of tools at their disposal to do so.

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The Spurs, for the first time in the Duncan era and maybe ever, got a premier free agent. LaMarcus Aldridge will play in San Antonio for the next four years, validating the moves the front office made to put the franchise in the position to make it happen.

The signing raises the talent level on the roster significantly and puts the team in a great place to face the post-Duncan era, whenever it may come. No one knows what the future has in store but this is most definitely a great day for the Spurs' faithful. The team got better.

There will be time to get into what Aldridge could bring to the Spurs but before getting into that, let's do a little housekeeping in terms of the salary cap and what's next for San Antonio.

Reports say the cap will be set one or two million above the projected $67.1 million. If it is set at $69 million, the Spurs could add Aldridge at the max, worth $19.3 million*, and Duncan at $6.5 million without exceeding it.

Players Cap hit
Tony Parker $13,437,500
Danny Green (cap hold) $7,647,500
Boris Diaw $7,500,000
Kawhi Leonard (cap hold) $7,235,148
Tim Duncan $6,500,000
Patty Mills $3,578,947
Kyle Anderson $1,142,879
LaMarcus Aldridge $19,300,000
Roster spot charge $525, 093
Roster spot charge $525, 093
Roster spot charge $525, 093
Roster spot charge $525, 093
Total $68,967,439

*Numbers courtesy of Basketball Insider's Eric Pincus.

It would be very tight and the Spurs would have to rescind Cory Joseph's qualifying offer and renounce him to get there, but that shouldn't be a problem. Because of past sacrifices, it's reasonable to expect Duncan to maybe leave some more money on the table to make things work if the cap is set lower. At worst, the Spurs could trade Mills for a cheaper player and shed $1 million.

The ideal scenario in which no one is traded would leave the Spurs with the following depth chart.

Point guard: Tony Parker - Patty Mills

Shooting guard: Danny Green

Small forward: Kawhi Leonard - Kyle Anderson

Power forward: LaMarcus Aldridge - Boris Diaw

Center: Tim Duncan

That is a killer starting lineup that has a perfect balance of offense and defense. The bench is shallow but it has two proven contributors and a young player who might be ready to get some minutes after spending his rookie year learning the playbook and honing his skills in Austin.

The Spurs still need at least two more rotation players to round out their roster but depth is not as important now as it was in previous years. Aldridge played 35 minutes per game last season. Even if his playing time is cut to 30 minutes a game and Duncan and Diaw play the same amount of minutes per game as last season (29 and 24, respectively), that would leave just 15 minutes at the two big man positions.

Something similar happens at the wing, as long as Manu Ginobili returns. Danny Green played 28 minutes a game last season and Kawhi Leonard 32. That accounts for 60 of a total 96 minutes a game. If Ginobili postpones retirement and plays 22 minutes like he did last year, the Spurs would need someone who can sop up the remaining 14 minutes. It's possible Anderson can do that.

Obviously there will be injuries and all teams have to have at least 12 players under contract at the start of the season. The Spurs will have the room exception worth $2.8 million to make additions and can sign as many minimum contracts as they want, without exceeding the maximum roster limit of 15 players.

The room exception is projected to go to Ginobili if he decides to return. Even in his diminished state, Manu is worth more than that and is a perfect fit for the bench. There's a real chance, however, that he decides to retire. In that case, the Spurs will be in a pickle. Guys like Marco Belinelli and Aron Baynes are getting $6 million a year. The almost $3 million the Spurs have to offer are not really competitive with what other teams can pay.

Veterans looking to join a contender are San Antonio's targets right now. There have been rumors about mutual interest between David West and the Spurs and they could offer him the room exception. That would obviously be a fantastic get but the Wizards and Cavaliers are also in the run for his services. Kevin Seraphin is reportedly in play if West signs elsewhere and Carlos Boozer is a possibility at the minimum. Bringing back Matt Bonner would give the Spurs someone who knows the team and has a skill that is missing in the roster right now.

Other potential big men that could be had for the minimum are Nazr Mohammed, Greg Smith or even Jeff Ayres, if "corporate knowledge" is prioritized. An interesting possibility would be Emeka Okafor, if he's finally healed. Wings that should be attainable include Sonny Weems, Alexey Shved and Lance Thomaswho was linked to the Spurs at the start of free agency. Those names don't inspire fear in the hearts of opponents but the Spurs will have to make do without as much depth as they were used to, at least for one year before hopefully adding rotation players next season when the cap rises.

Free agency hasn't technically started yet. There are still more moves to be made, more players to add. Don't expect huge names, though. The big signing has already been agreed upon. Now it's time to wait to hear from Ginobili and round out the roster with warm bodies. With Aldridge in tow, the Spurs are now a more traditional top-heavy team and that's perfectly fine.