In an interview with NBATV from Summer League earlier this week via Spurs Nation, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was asked what kind of players the team might still be looking to add to the roster.
His answer: “None.”
The Spurs already have 14 players under contract for next season, one less than the league maximum, though there is some wiggle room there with DeJuan Blair’s non-guaranteed deal.
It doesn’t take a math major to infer that, after re-signing Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, Danny Green and Patty Mills plus adding French import Nando de Colo, general manager R.C. Buford’s work here is pretty much done.
“We’re pretty loaded up right now,” Popovich said.
In a separate interview with reporters earlier this week in Vegas, Popovich said he is banking on continued development from Green, Diaw and second-year small forward Kawhi Leonard to help the Spurs remain competitive against a changing Western Conference landscape.
“We had a very good year, went a pretty long ways,” Popovich said. “We would have liked to have gone further, but we like to keep that group together. Boris just arrived. It was basically Danny’s first year, Kawhi’s first year. I think we can get better. We’re going to stick with the group and see how it goes.”
“Lots of times you don’t have a choice (but to stand pat), because of contracts or numbers or whatever,” Popovich said. “This year, we were able to do everything and stay under the tax at the same time. That was a goal, to stay under the tax. We weren’t sure we were going to be able to do it.”
With the Spurs able to bring back the same roster from last year, plus De Colo without crossing the luxury-tax, it means they can still use the full mid-level exception worth around $5 Million to lure another free agent.
Meaning, between now and the start of training camp in October, Popovich and Buford will keep an eye on the waiver wire for opportunities to upgrade the roster, hopefully they can find another big to shore up their frontcourt and keep Duncan's minutes low during the regular season.
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