San Antonio Spurs: Questionable offseason moves blur future even more

San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
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The San Antonio Spurs’ future remains unclear after questionable offseason moves. 

For almost two and a half decades, any time the San Antonio Spurs made a move fans believed it was going to pay off well for the silver and black.  Now it seems those feelings are starting to fade, as the Spurs are spiraling.

The Spurs are no longer the treasure hunters of the NBA. The team that finds the great value picks in the second round. of the NBA Draft. The team that found a young French point guard and turned him into a Finals MVP.

The Spurs never tanked they only retooled, always finding players who knew what role they needed to fill, and they would excel in the system.

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Not every player who pulled on the uniform was Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, or Tony Parker. The Spurs always found a way to highlight a player’s strengths. Boris Diaw went from role player to playing a role in helping the Spurs take down the Miami Heat Big Three which was comprised of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.

Now the shine of the Spurs has dimmed, it appears the magic they once had is gone. Based on their early free agency moves, it appears they have lost their mojo as well.

The San Antonio Spurs are in need of a rebuild

The Spurs were a team in desperate need of an overhaul. Their roster last season was lackluster, and it found them outside the playoffs for the second straight season after not missing the playoffs for more than two decades.

Many would assume with so many key players heading into free agency such as Patty Mills, Rudy Gay, and DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs might make a splash either via a free agency signing or through a sign-and-trade route.

So far they have failed at both.

The only notable free agent that they have signed so far is Doug McDermott (three years, $42 million), and even that move isn’t moving the needle.

Letting Patty Mills and Rudy Gay walk makes sense as they are aging players, who most likely don’t want to be on a rebuilding roster.

The main concern with the Spurs is they traded DeRozan essentially for expiring contracts and future picks that hold no real value. The Spurs could have at least made an effort to pry one of the young players that might get buried on the Bulls bench. Instead, the Spurs have just indicated they are looking toward the future.

With this roster, is there any reason to believe the future holds a revitalization? The Spurs’ two highest-paid players are Dejounte Murray and Derrick White. Both players are guards, they both make around $16 million a year and they both average about 15 points per game.

Both have shown promise but they are by no means stars. White at 27 years old might already have reached his ceiling.

This is where the Spurs’ biggest problem lies; they are now committed for three years to three players who will make up one-third of their cap. None of these players are All-Stars and have never shown enough to even sniff being more than a role player.

Gregg Popovich is 72 years old; how much longer is he going to coach? And if the answer is not much longer, would it really be fair to hand this weak roster to a first-year head coach? Perhaps Becky Hammon? Talk about being set up for failure.

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The Spurs have so many questions marks from top to bottom. They used to be able to answer them. Now it seems like they just keep looking forward because they can not repeat their past. It seems their memories from the past will have to hold fans over for a rough present.