The San Antonio Spurs will still feature Tony Parker as the starting point guard in the upcoming NBA season. But there are rumors that the Texas franchise will soon be moving on from the veteran French guard and will target Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook.
From Hoops Rumors Weekly Mailbag section, NBA analyst Arthur Hill was asked if San Antonio will be targeting top free agents in 2018, when both Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) become available in the FA market.
“Parker will be 36 in the summer of 2018 and will be a free agent himself. He may decide to retire then, or if he returns to the Spurs it will be in a reduced role. Backup Patty Mills is headed for free agency next summer, so unless rookie Dejounte Murray makes a huge leap, San Antonio will definitely be in the market for a point guard,” Hill wrote.
“And who better than Westbrook, who will have two more seasons to judge whether the Thunder can remain title contenders without Kevin Durant. Cousins seems like a shaky fit with a tough coach like Gregg Popovich, and it seems likely that the Kings will trade him before he reaches free agency. If you’re going to bet on either of those players one day joining the Spurs, put your money on Westbrook.”
Both Westbrook and Cousins are mentioned in many trade rumors and speculations this 2016 offseason. Westbrook re-signed with a new contract in OKC but the third year has a “player option”, which means that the star PG can explore free agency that year.
The Cousins trade talk from Sacramento has died down lately but that could change if the Kings continue to struggle in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. If there is no improvement in Sacramento, Cousins could be frustrated again and the Kings could look to deal him before he hits free agency.
Both the Thunder and Kings have lots to prove in the upcoming season. For their franchise’s sake, they need to perform well to convince Westbrook and Cousins that they are worthy teams to become playoff or title contenders in the next few years.
The Spurs need to re-tool with some of their key role players already nearing retirement. Aside from Parker, Manu Ginobili and Pau Gasol could be playing in their final years in the league. By 2018, San Antonio needs new players to complement their stars Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Russell Westbrook to San Antonio Spurs rumors could actually happen, considering head coach Gregg Popovich is a great recruiter of talent as seen in recent years.
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