San Antonio Spurs Roster 2021-22: After Ushering Out the Veterans, Can Gregg Popovich Commence a New Era for His Team?

Published 09/20/2021, 1:39 AM EDT
Feb 8, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


The San Antonio Spurs must certainly miss the talents of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard. Those 67-win days appear vintage today. But now is their time to rebuild and looks like they’re headed in the right direction. At least that is what they’ve tried to pull in this off-season.

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With the exit of the leading scorer in DeMar DeRozan, the load of offense has come down on the shoulders of Dejounte Murray. Plus, they’re now a fairly young team with many veterans switching boats. So how does their roster for 2021-22 look?

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Incoming players: 

Bryn Forbes (Free Agency)

Although Bryn Forbes lost his starting role when he joined the Milwaukee Bucks, he got himself a ring out of that stint. And now, he is headed to San Antonio. His contract will get him $4500000 for the next year. A reliable perimeter shooter, Bryn can certainly be the Spurs’ catch-and-shoot option.

Dario Saric and Jalen Smith (Trade)

Well, this is the latest development on their roster. The Suns have traded their injured star Dario Saric and #10 pick (Jalen) to the Spurs. Now, the Spurs have a huge talent in Jalen Smith to develop him under the league’s most experienced coach and reap benefits.

Zach Collins (Free Agency)

Former Blazers big man Zach Collins joined the Spurs on a 3-year $22 million deal. As per his contract terms, the fourth position player will make a guaranteed $7 million in the first year followed by a 50% and 0% guarantee in the remaining years. The Spurs would expect to use his heavy frame and speed to their advantage.

Doug McDermott (Trade)

Al-Farouq Aminu (Trade)

Jock Landale (Free Agency)

Joshua Primo (#12 draft pick)

Joe Wieskamp (#41 draft pick)

Outgoing players: 

Feb 27, 2021; DeMar DeRozan against Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

DeMar DeRozan (Sign-and-trade)

Earlier in August, the Bulls sent out Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a protected first-round draft pick and two second-round draft picks to the Spurs. This looked like a big bet for the Spurs who have some offensive worries at their hand. Now, they’ll rely big-time on Keldon Johnson, Murray, and Derrick White to step-up. 

Thaddeus Young

The former Bulls veteran couldn’t clock even one minute with the Spurs as he now heads towards Phoenix. This makes sense because Phoenix is building a title-contender while the Spurs are investing in the near future. 

Rudy Gay (Free agency)

In Rudy, the Spurs lost their leading scorer off the bench and that weakens the rotation to some extent. The 35-YO will now play for the Jazz and build on his last season’s average of 11.4 points.

Patty Mills (Free agency)

In another blow, the Spurs lost their rights on a 10-year guy who contributed heavily to that 2014 championship-winning squad. So the Spurs must find relevant matches to ensure this doesn’t impact their bench leadership.

Gorgui Dieng (Free agency) 

DaQuan Jeffries (Free agency)

LaMarcus Aldridge (Buyout)

Cameron Reynolds

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San Antonio Spurs Roster:

Frontcourt

Feb 3, 2021; D’Angelo Russell dribbles past Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Keldon Johnson

Jakob Poeltl

Doug McDermott

Zach Collins

Thaddeus Young

Luka Samanic

Al-Farouq Aminu

Jock Landale

Keita Bates-Diop

Drew Eubanks

Trey Lyles

Backcourt

Dejounte Murray

Bryn Forbes

Derrick White

DaQuan Jeffries

Tre Jones

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Devin Vassell

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Quinndary Weatherspoon

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Now, with Zach Collins coming off ankle surgery and Dejounte Murray signaling towards greater growth, a lot must fall in place for the Spurs to flourish. Will they? Help us know what you think in the comments below.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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