The San Antonio Spurs lost to West rivals Oklahoma City Thunder in six games in the Western Conference semifinals series to end their season on a disappointing note. NBA rumors will now surround the veteran team as they look to add new and younger pieces in 2016 free agency like Jeremy Lin and Ryan Anderson.
Top free agents like Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan and Al Horford will most likely demand maximum contracts and the Spurs’ budget may not be enough to land them but San Antonio management can still target role players with hopes to replace the aging Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Duncan and Ginobili will most likely retire after they got exposed in the OKC series while Parker may still be good but could be better in a back-up point guard role.
Jeremy Lin and Ryan Anderson are role players that will not demand a lucrative contract like Durant, Horford and other top free agents.
Lin has recently stated that he is opting out of the final year of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets. Lin added that he is happy in Charlotte and wants to resign with the team. However, if the Spurs aggressively try to sign him in free agency, the Asian-American guard will have to consider as it is hard to pass up on the opportunity of playing under coaching great Greg Popovich at San Antonio.
Anderson is an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with any other NBA team although he could also stay with the New Orleans Pelicans featuring star big man Anthony Davis. However, at 28 years old he is in his prime and may want to sign with a team that is contending for the title.
The Spurs with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge as core are still among the top teams in the West and adding the likes of Anderson and Lin will complete a reload of the roster to go younger and still remain a threat in the conference.
With the Spurs’ elimination from the 2016 NBA Playoffs, San Antonio fans can start dealing with NBA rumors that their old guys are done and that the team should start considering going younger. Targeting valued role players like Jeremy Lin and Ryan Anderson should be a good start in their rebuild for the future.