As counterintuitive as it may sound, radio silence doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no news. And that’s precisely the case when it comes to Trey Lyles’ second-year team option with the Spurs.
The deadline for PATFO to come to a decision expired as the clock struck midnight on the first day of free agency negotiations, which signals Lyles should be back in Silver and Black next season.
After waiving Chimezie Metu and signing Drew Eubanks and Jakob Poeltl to three-year deals, San Antonio now rosters 13 players with guaranteed contracts heading into the 2020-2021 season.
2020-2021 Guaranteed Contracts
1. LaMarcus Aldridge
2. DeMar DeRozan
3. Rudy Gay
4. Dejounte Murray
5. Derrick White
6. Lonnie Walker IV
7. Keldon Johnson
8. Luka Samanic
9. Devin Vassell
10. Patty Mills
11. Drew Eubanks
12. Jakob Poeltl
13. Trey Lyles
Assuming the Spurs waive Tyler Zeller, sign Devin Vassell to a rookie-scale contract, and move on from Marco Belinelli and Bryn Forbes this offseason, that leaves them with two open spots to fill in free agency.
Though San Antonio made Quinndary Weatherspoon a restricted free agent by tendering him a Qualifying Offer, it would make sense for him and 2020 second-rounder Tre Jones to receive two-way contracts from the Spurs.
We’re approximately nine hours away from free agents officially being able to put pen to paper on their new deals, and the Spurs have yet to make noise with any players outside of the organization. However, fans shouldn’t hit the panic button just yet.
The NBA is days into their annual offseason festivities, and there’s still plenty of time for San Antonio to get in on the action. With that said, PATFO are working with limited cap space, so don’t expect any ground-breaking acquisition anytime soon.