Every team in the NBA knows the off-season is the time to get better. For most teams, that means signing the right guys for your squad. Fresh off a championship victory, the Spurs are already beginning to shape the team for next season.
It is no surprise the Spurs are making Boris Diaw and Patty Mills priorities this off-season. The two played significant minutes in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. However, news of the Spurs’ interest in a few other players has grabbed some attention.
One of those players is Rashard Lewis, a member of the Miami team San Antonio faced in the finals. The 6-foot-10-inch Lewis posted low numbers with 4.5 points per game during the regular season. However, in the finals, Lewis finally displayed his excellent shooting ability, averaging 8.6 points and making 45 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
The Spurs have also shown interest in two point guards, Sebastian Telfair and Shaun Livingston.
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Last year, Telfair spent his season abroad playing for the Tianjin Steel in China. While on the Steel, Telfair averaged approximately 26 points per and six assists per game. We will have to see if Telfair can bring the production back to the NBA where he averaged 7.4 points and 3.5 assists.
Livingston spent his year in Brooklyn starting at the shooting guard position a majority of the time. This year, Livingston averaged 8.3 points and 3.4 assists per game.
It would seem the Spurs’ interest in Telfair and Livingston depends on Patty Mills’ decision. If Mills decides to leave San Antonio, more names of point guards may pop up as potential candidates for the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs still have Cory Joseph who was predicted to be the backup to Tony Parker until Mills won the job. Yet, Joseph is young and the Spurs may look to add a veteran point guard.
However, what are the Spurs going to do about Diaw? Interest in Lewis stems more from the fact he can shoot the ball from long range and not his ability as a post player. Although there has not been word of signing another power forward, it is reported Nobel Boungou-Colo from the Republic of the Congo will join the Spurs’ summer league team.
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Boungou-Colo has drawn interest from a few NBA teams after posting around 15 points and 5 rebound per game for Limoges. Gregg Popovich may yet again get his hands on another very talented international player.
The Spurs will be busy trying to keep their current team intact. If players do leave, you can expect smart decision making by San Antonio this off-season.
Update: Shaun Livingston is reportedly going to sign a deal with the Golden State Warriors.