By re-signing youthful players like Kawhi Leonard, and Danny Green, and re-signing long time veterans like Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili, the San Antonio Spurs gave themselves very good chances to potentially win a Sixth NBA Championship this season, and also hit the reset button for the franchise, which could make them favorites to win it all every year for the next 2-4 years. Crazy right? But by adding the biggest name in Free Agency this year, LaMarcus Aldridge of course, and by stealing another solid big man in David West, those chances likely double, and as of now the Spurs appear to be clear favorites to capture yet another NBA Championship.
Let’s face it, Gregg Popovich could convince basically anyone to do, well basically anything! The man seems to have powers like no other, and when you team him up with other members of the Spurs organization, and even future hall of fame players like Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker, they master an art of persuasion like no other group could ever perform. This is the strategy coach Popovich used when they met with LaMarcus Aldridge, and obviously it worked pretty well for him. Aldridge and the Spurs agreed on a 4 year, $80 million dollar deal last weekend. Prior to that, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green both signed major deals with the Spurs, giving them back two of their youngest, and most talented players, and about a day or two after that, Tim Duncan told the NBA world, that’d he’d be ‘on the court next year’. Only a few days after that, 4 time NBA champion Manu Ginobili agreed to return to San Antonio for a little while as well, and a few hours after Manu decided to stay, the Spurs signed 34 year old Power Forward, David West to a veteran’s minimum contract. West turned down a $12 million dollar deal with the Indiana Pacers, for a deal only worth a little over a million dollars with the Spurs. Proof that some players still care about winning championships over money. West’s a great fit for the Spurs, and could be used as a great role player for the team. So after all of these eventful signings, the Spurs again look like one of, if not the best teams in the NBA right now.
Although the Spurs did lose some of their key pieces who were apart of the 2014 Championship team, such as big men like Tiago Splitter, who was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, and Aron Baynes, who signed a multi year deal with the Detroit Pistons, and guards like Cory Joseph who’ll be returning to his hometown to play with the Toronto Raptors, and Marco Belinelli who signed a three year, $19 million dollar deal with the Sacramento Kings, the Spurs still have Point Guards like Tony Parker, and Patty Mills who are huge contributors for the team, and along with them, the Spurs still have a young prospect in Kyle Anderson, and still have Power Forward Boris Diaw, who like Mills, plays a huge role off of the bench for San Antonio. Although they still need one or two more pieces of depth, the bench lineup of Mills,Ginobili, Anderson, West, and Diaw looks pretty good for a team who already has a great coach in Gregg Popovich, a future hall of famer in Tim Duncan, great guards like Parker, and Green, a future All Star in Kawhi Leonard, and now LaMarcus Aldridge. Yes, I think they could use a player to come off the bench for Kawhi at the Small Forward spot, and maybe an actual “Center”, because Duncan, Aldridge, Diaw, and West all classify as Power Forwards, but I think they’ll make it work, simply because, well, they’re the San Antonio Spurs.
So doesn’t it seem like the Spurs hit the reset button of success?And would you honestly be surprised if three years from now I told you that LaMarcus Aldridge has two NBA championships? I know Duncan, and Ginobili already have their eyes set on retirement soon, and Tony Parker will be on his way as well, but by locking Danny Green up for four more years, Kawhi for five years, and getting Aldridge for four as well, it seems like the Spurs have a new “Big Three” in town, and one that could certainly win it all this year, next year, and possibly the year after that as well. To me, the Spurs definitely won this years Free Agency period, and could very well end up winning this years NBA Championship as well.