The San Antonio Spurs is a little unfortunate in the 2017 NBA Playoffs, losing Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard to injuries in the conference semis and finals, respectively.
However, with free agency in the horizon, will the Spurs strike gold? Nothing is set in stone but rumblings around the league indicate they will try.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN.com, some rival executives claim that the Spurs have interest in former New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose, who averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game before suffering a season-ending torn meniscus in his left knee on March 27.
Despite their limited salary cap space, the Spurs have a chance of getting Rose, who earlier said that he’ll prioritize winning over money as a free agent.
The Spurs may also target Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who is expected to opt-out of his contract this summer.
Zach Lowe of ESPN.com, in an interview with Kevin Arnovitz on his podcast, said there is legitimacy behind the speculation that Paul will go to the Spurs next season.
“I know there’s been a lot of rumblings about Chris Paul, and I think that’s real. I think there’s mutual interest there,” said Lowe.
Earlier, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, during his The Vertical Podcast, claimed that the Spurs may try to acquire Paul in next summer’s free agency period.
With their limited salary cap space, the Spurs will not be able to accommodate Paul unless he lowers his contract demand. Also, Paul can get a maximum five-year deal from the Clippers worth in excess of $200 million.