The San Antonio Spurs lost in six games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals to finish the season in a disappointing note. The defeat puts the Spurs in an unlikely position to be active in the 2016 free agency as they have to deal with NBA rumors that will link them to various free agents.
In a recent report, the Spurs are reportedly going to be aggressive in improving their team this summer by chasing free agents Mike Conley and Kevin Durant although their current teams, the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively have the inside track in re-signing them in free agency.
With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili possibly retiring, the Spurs will now think of what to do with their current starting point guard Tony Parker, who was completely dominated by his PG counterpart at OKC in Russell Westbrook.
This has opened NBA rumors that the Spurs want to upgrade the PG position and that Parker will be the one on the trading block in San Antonio. Parker can also serve as a back-up point guard if they sign Conley in free agency.
The 33-year-old Parker had some good games in the series versus OKC but was clearly lost especially in the defensive end against Westbrook. The Spurs may be thinking that with the 28-year-old Mike Conley running the team at the PG spot they’d have a better shot against other teams that has point guards like Westbrook and other teams like the Golden State Warriors featuring MVP Stephen Curry.
Conley, who is five years younger than Parker, is an unrestricted free agent, which means he can sign with any other NBA team and the Grizzlies will lose him for nothing in free agency. The Spurs if successful in signing Conley will have no choice but to let go of Parker or convince him to play a back-up role in the future.
The Spurs’ winning tradition and ability to contend for the title with the core of LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard might convince Conley to sign in San Antonio this summer as NBA rumors will continue all offseason as the Spurs target the top free agents available.
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