Should San Antonio Spurs Try and Reload or Is It Back to the Drawing Board?
Should they retool their roster or simply blow it up and start from scratch?
Led by the famous "Big Three" of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili as well as head coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs were nothing short of phenomenal this season, finishing with the NBA's top record.
During an incredible 20-game winning streak late in the year, San Antonio swept the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers in the first two rounds of the playoffs before falling to the younger and more athletic Thunder.
Duncan (36) and Ginobili (35) are both up there in age, but there's no doubt the Spurs have at least one more run left in them. With that said, the best move for the team right now is to reload and put a major rebuilding project on hold for another year or two.
Duncan, an unrestricted free agent this summer, is expected to re-sign with the Spurs, the only team he’s played for since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 1997.
Perhaps San Antonio’s biggest need is another big man with size to help out Duncan down low. Two of the team’s main frontcourt players, Boris Diaw and DeJuan Blair, are 6’8” and 6’7” respectively, really short by NBA standards.
The Spurs lack the cap space needed to sign big men like Roy Hibbert and Chris Kaman, but who knows, maybe they can convince Kevin Garnett to take a cheap contract if the Boston Celtics opt to rebuild.
Garnett could receive more money from other teams, but a chance at another title could be a bit enticing for the future Hall of Famer. He and Duncan would surely form a great frontcourt down in San Antonio.
Also, 6’10” Erazem Lorbek, who is currently stashed away in Europe, could sign with the Spurs this summer and provide the team with a solid inside presence.
San Antonio definitely needs to reload and not head into full rebuilding mode just yet. Rebuilding a team can be a fairly quick process—just look at how Oklahoma City built its team through the draft in just a few years.
However, it could also take an eternity.
When the Chicago Bulls' roster was blown up following their 1998 championship run, it took the team seven years to reach the postseason again.
So, by making just a few moves, the Spurs can make that final push for the Larry O'Brien Trophy in 2013.
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