Between COVID-19 and a rarely vacant injury report, the San Antonio Spurs have experienced their fair share of adversity in what might go down as the strangest season in NBA history. Although head coach Gregg Popovich and company exceeded early expectations, the good guys have struggled as of late, losing nine of their last 11 games.
Sitting below .500 for the first time since the new year began, the Spurs now face the complex challenge of maintaining their standing in the play-in tournament while balancing player development. Young guns like Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson have played a significant role this year and could see increased minutes should San Antonio’s nosedive continue.
And with DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, Rudy Gay, and Trey Lyles coming off the payroll this summer, the Silver and Black are projected to have upwards of $50M to spend in free agency. Nearly a quarter of their schedule remains unplayed, but PATFO have plenty to think about before the season comes to an end.
Tune in as Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer joins me via Zoom to discuss the upcoming offseason, which draft prospects best fit San Antonio, how the Spurs can turn their fortunes around, and why their young core could be a trade, signing, or lottery selection away from competing for a title someday soon.
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