San Antonio Spurs: 5 Center Options in NBA Free Agency 2017
The San Antonio Spurs will need to add a big man in free agency. Who are the top options?
The San Antonio Spurs are days away from beginning an offseason of trying to match the Golden State Warriors. It starts with the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 22. Then, in early July, NBA free agency will kick off and go throughout the summer. The latter may be the more important of the two for the Spurs.
One of the franchise’s needs is at center. Dewayne Dedmon already opted out of his contract and Pau Gasol hasn’t made his decision yet. So the Spurs could be down two big men for the 2017-18 season.
There will be options for San Antonio in free agency, with plenty of centers in play. Who are potential targets?
5. Alex Len
Despite being picked No. 5 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, Alex Len has failed to find success as a starter. He’s received part-time play as a regular, but hasn’t crossed 24 minutes per game in four seasons.
However, at just 24-years-old, Len will enter the offseason as a restricted free agent. The Phoenix Suns will be able to match any offer he receives, but if they weren’t satisfied with his four-year production, then another team could swoop in. How about the Spurs?
Len would likely require a multi-year deal, but if the San Antonio front office sees potential in him as a starter, then something could be done. He has the big body at 7-foot-1, so the replacement for Dedmon would be right there.
The price tag on this Ukranian big man may be steep, though, given his youth. A team may jump in and give him a Timofey Mozgov-esque deal of four years, $64 million, which potentially takes the Spurs out of the running, especially if they want to use that cap space on Chris Paul. Plus, having the risk of the Suns matching whatever offer that comes Len’s way, is a downside. Focusing on him too much, only for Phoenix to equal a dollar and year amount, can take attention away from unrestricted free agents that have a better chance of signing.
The San Antonio Spurs will need to add a big man in free agency. Who are the top options? The San Antonio Spurs are days away from beginning an offseason of trying to match the Golden State Warriors. It starts with the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 22. Then, in early July, NBA free agency will kick