It’s not a stretch to say that the San Antonio Spurs are one of the NBA’s preeminent franchises over the last decade. However, times are changing now and for four straight years the Spurs were left empty-handed.
What followed was early playoff exits including two first round knock outs in three-year span.
Are they done? My counter to that proverbial question is, count out the Spurs at your own peril.
As long as they have Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the Spurs are not completely finished.
Despite that, they have a lot of questions to face this summer as they will need to make some personnel changes to get back on top.
Their biggest nemesis has always been health and age. But this time, Duncan’s sudden decline is a cause for concern.
If the Spurs wants to make one more push to win another title, expect little changes. The core of Duncan, Ginobili and Parker will probably be back.
Whether or not Duncan exercises his early termination option and signs for less to help the team, he will definitely stay in San Antonio.
One of the things they need to address is to acquire another big that is a low-post threat to put next to Duncan and then perhaps a defensive minded wingman to man the perimeter.
The Spurs can no longer win titles by relying heavily on their Big three.
This means George Hill has to get to the next level, Tiago Splitter and James Anderson has to show what they can bring to the table, and then hope that they get lucky again and land another draft day gem.
And if a trade opportunity presents itself, the Spurs should think long and hard. Especially if it involves Parker.
Parker is hands down the teams’ most valuable trade chip this offseason.
Nonetheless, if they fail to move Richard Jefferson in favor of another wingman or a big who can defend the interior, chances are, next season will probably no different than any of their last few.
I don’t hate Jefferson but for two years, it’s clear that he doesn’t fit with the Spurs. If they can get a reasonable deal for him, they must do it.
The Spurs aren’t done, but they will surely have another very interesting summer ahead of them.