Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Each week we ask questions of the most plugged-in San Antonio Spurs fans and fans across the country.
Between trading All-Star point guard Dejounte Murray, picking three 19-year-olds in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, and preparing for free agency, the San Antonio Spurs have experienced a whirlwind of emotions two weeks into the offseason.
The Silver and Black have seemingly shifted gears towards a legitimate rebuild following a plethora of moves to stockpile draft capital since last summer. However, PATFO could create up to $39.9M in cap space, which is enough to offer someone a max contract.
We want to hear what Spurs fans think about recent moves and possible free-agent options, so participate in the latest SB Nation Reacts poll and weigh in on the hottest topics circulating on what has been a shockingly busy news cycle for the good guys.
The results are in, and Spurs fans are seemingly on board with how the organization has approached the first few weeks of the offseason.
Although national reporters tossed San Antonio around the rumor mill as a team that might consolidate their assets to move up in the draft, PATFO held onto all three of their first-rounders to select Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, and Blake Wesley.
Trading up for Keegan Murray or Jaden Ivey would have been an exciting move, but it probably would have cost more than it was worth. Spurs fans felt like their team nailed the 2022 NBA Draft, as 39% of voters gave them an A and 44% gave them a B.
Perhaps choosing a pair of guards in the 2022 NBA Draft was a precursor to San Antonio’s next transaction, as they shipped Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks for Danilo Gallinari, three future first-rounders, and a first-round pick swap. A solid haul for a one-time All-Star.
The Silver and Black faithful were undoubtedly sad to see Dejounte move onto greener pastures. Most of the people who partook in our poll agreed trading Murray was the right action for the future of this franchise, with an astonishing 64% of voters approving the decision.
The answer to the last question in our poll might have swayed heavily in the opposite direction had the Spurs held onto Dejounte Murray. Signing a former number one overall pick might sound like a no-brainer, but should San Antonio go on a spending spree at the start of a rebuild?
According to 75% of our voters, the Spurs shouldn’t offer Deandre Ayton a max contract, and you can hardly blame them for opposing a $133M deal for a player without an All-Star nod to his name. So far, General Manager Brian Wright has saved the cap space for other ventures.