Five years ago, a young front office person named Sam Presti for the San Antonio Spurs became the General Manager of the Seattle Supersonics.
He drafted the NBA's next superstar in Kevin Durant, traded away all-stars Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, and the team moved to Oklahoma City a year later. Now, they beat the NBA's last dynasty, the San Antonio Spurs, and may become the NBA's newest dynasty.
In order for San Antonio to avoid being continually supplanted by OKC in the long run, they will need to make the most of an aging core who were joined by a few young players that should be secured for the long-term future. The question is, will those young studs stay? Another question is, what will be enough to compete with the new top dogs of the Western Conference?
General Manager R.C. Buford created a great roster for Gregg Popovich to coach consistently for a championship. But the end of an era may be coming soon unless there is either great improvement from this team's young pieces, or additions of more dependable veterans in free agency.
With that in mind, here are five things the future holds for San Antonio, and how they could be addressed in the off-season.