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Southwest Division Preview: The Spurs attempt to juggle playoff aspirations and an under-the-radar rebuild

How a blend of youth and veteran leadership might help San Antonio exceed expectations

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With the shortest offseason in league history behind them and the first of three preseason games in the books, the Spurs are a little more than one week away from officially returning to the hardwood.

Although most of the Southwest Division attempted to improve their rosters by making significant splashes in the trade market or free agency, San Antonio returned most of their players from a year ago.

Jakob Poeltl and Drew Eubanks received new contracts, and Marco Belinelli and Bryn Forbes signed elsewhere, but aside from the 2020 Draft, that was about the extent of notable Silver and Black news.

PATFO now look to integrate bubble absentees LaMarcus Aldridge and Trey Lyles, as well as newcomers Devin Vassell and Tre Jones, into their small-ball strategy that helped them find success during the NBA Restart.

Dylan Hunter Carter of Air Alamo joins me via Zoom to analyze the Spurs offseason, their hopes of rejoining the playoffs, and a host of other topics as San Antonio prepares to bounce back in 2020-2021.