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Drew Eubanks deserves a spot on the Spurs roster

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Time to go from two-way to the big show.

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As we continue to ponder the Spurs options between seasons, let’s take stock in what we can expect before free agency.

Three vets are entering the final year of their contracts- Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Rudy Gay.

The Spurs have an option on Trey Lyles.

Five rookie contracts are still active- Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV, Chimezie Metu, Keldon Johnson and Luka Samanic.

Dejounte Murray re-upped last October to the tune of $64M for 4 years.

Marco Belinelli and Bryn Forbes are free agents.

Is it safe to assume Tyler Zeller will make an obligatory appearance at the Spurs camp before packing up and leaving the Alamo City?

It is unknown whether Jakob Poeltl will return, but as Marilyn Dubinski reported, he might be leaning a bit more towards staying after his time in Orlando with the Youth Movement.

The biggest question mark for the Spurs involves the possible free agency of DeMar DeRozan. With the pandemic altering this NBA season as well as the next, the spending cap may also be vulnerable. DeRozan would certainly be the one of the more desirable free agents, but that roll of the dice could leave him with less in the long run than he hopes. His best bet for a payday might be to have another great season in San Antonio and hope the cap rises for the 2021 free agency.

Making things simple for a moment, let’s suppose DeRozan and Poeltl both stay, signing the eleventh draft pick to a rookie contract would leave the Spurs with a full roster.

That’s if Belinelli and Forbes re-sign.

Seeing off either or both of the 3-point heavy, defensive-light guards allows the Spurs one to two roster spots.

One of those belongs to Drew Eubanks.

The undrafted big man has already signed two-way contracts with the Spurs for the past consecutive seasons. Due to the rules governing two-way contracts, Drew cannot sign a third.

Eubanks offers some much needed height and blocking in the paint at what should be a reasonable $1.6M deal (via spotrac.com). He has been working out with the Spurs and has a great relationship on and off the court with his G-League counterparts. The Orlando bubble is not the best predictor, but Eubanks showed he has untapped agility and strength to unleash on the big time NBA.

If Poeltl blows this pop stand, signing Eubanks is a no-brainer.

But either way, Eubanks could be a great addition to the Spurs Youth Movement on a cost effective contract.

Poll

Should the Spurs sign Drew Eubanks?

This poll is closed

  • 94%
    Sure, give him a season and see what he’s got.
    (455 votes)
  • 5%
    Naw, after two years he’s still not NBA ready.
    (29 votes)
484 votes total Vote Now

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