Project Spurs Draft Preview

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By Andrew Ball, Project

With the NBA Draft just around the corner, the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs are owners of the 30th, 58th, and 60th overall picks. The 58th overall pick comes from the Los Angeles Clippers, via New Orleans, for Curtis Jerrells, who never actually played in a regular season NBA game.

First, a look at the current state of the roster and their current contracts (rounded salaries):

Point Guards:

Tony Parker (One year - 12.5 million)

Cory Joseph (One year - 2.13 million, 3.2 million qualifying offer)

Patty Mills (impending free agent)

Shooting Guards:

Danny Green (One year - 4.025 million)

Manu Ginobili (One year - 7 million)

Marco Bellinelli (One year - 2.87 million)

Small Forwards:

Kawhi Leonard (One year - 3.05 million, 4.27 million qualifying offer)

Austin Daye (Team option 1.06 million)

Damion James (impending free agent)

Power Forwards:

Tim Duncan (10.4 million player option)

Boris Diaw (impending free agent)

Matt Bonner (impending free agent)

Jeff Ayres (One year - 1.83 million)


Tiago Splitter (Three years - 9.25, 8.5, 8.25 million)

Aron Baynes (1.11 million qualifying option)

Own Draft Rights (excluding players drafted before 2004):

Erazem Lorbek (2005)

Ryan Richards (2010)

Adam Hanga (2011)

Davis Bertans (2011)

Marcus Denmon (2012)

Livio Jean-Charles (2013)

Deshaun Thomas (2013)

Ryan Richards and Marcus Denmon, at this point, seem like nothing but summer league players, with a low possibility of being training camp players. Deshaun Thomas, only one year removed, will likely need more time to develop, but will most likely make an appearance in the summer league. If he plays well, Thomas could end up with a camp invite. Ezraem Lorbek, at 30 years old, is still under contract until summer of 2015, and will not make any appearances. Livio Jean-Charles, who sat out last season with a knee injury, will play for the Tony Parker owned ASVEL in France next season. Adam Hanga and Davis Bertans are the two players most likely to make the Spurs roster. Bertans, who returned to the court in March, was drafted by the Pacers in 2011 and was part of the Kawhi Leonard trade. Given the lack of depth behind Leonard, Bertans could make the jump. Adam Hanga, another wing, has progressed like the Spurs have hoped, and could see an opportunity come this summer.

Now that the current roster is understood, here are the NBA Draft Prospects:

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