The Spurs started off hot at 4-1. Every basketball enthusiast was doubting this team at the start of the year, including me. We all looked foolish doubting a Greg Popovich coached team. The Spurs still have an all-star in LaMarcus Aldridge and a former all-star in DeMar DeRozan who could potentially get the nod this year due to Klay Thompson’s injury. Now, 15 games in to the year, they sit with a record of 5-10. Their most recent loss to the Wizards makes that 7 losses in row, and they are are 1-9 in their last 10 games. It’s time for a rebuild in San Antonio.
The first thing I notice with this year’s edition of the Spurs is a dejected coach Pop. His career has been incredible, and one of the best ever. He no longer has the personnel to compete in the West. Popovich should seriously contemplate retirement before this season is beyond his control. It’s crazy to say, but I think The San Antonio Spurs should hand Tim Duncan the reigns. When Popovich got tossed the other night, I felt as though the passing of the torch was done right there once Tim Duncan took over the huddle.
Trading the Veterans.
DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge need to be dealt. The team isn’t going to make the playoffs this year, and I can guarantee that these two have their minds set elsewhere in free agency. DeRozan will make around $28 million this season and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer if he declines his player option. This can be enticing to teams looking for scoring and are okay with the possibility of a rental. As for Aldridge, his case is a little more complicated. He’s 34 years old, and when he hits the open market in 2021, he will be 36 years of age. LaMarcus Aldridge will make $26 million this season and $24 million the next.
End of an Era.
It’s time for a rebuild in San Antonio. This team has a few good pieces to build around with Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker, and Jakob Poeltl at the forefront. The Spurs are down, but they won’t be for long. They are going through a tough time right now but every run needs to come to an end. Theirs lasted 22 years. Just look at the Golden State Warriors. They ruled the NBA for the past 5 seasons and we all hated it. Last night they lost by 48 points to the Dallas Mavericks. We won’t be seeing the San Antonio Spurs competing this year and it’s an abrupt ending to arguably one the most well-ran franchises in all of the major American sports.
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