San Antonio Spurs 2021 Roster: What the Team Looks Like After Trades and Free Agency Signings

Published 12/08/2020, 10:29 AM EST
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 11: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs dunks the ball in front of Jeff Green #32 of the Houston Rockets during the first half of a NBA basketball game at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The San Antonio Spurs made franchise history last season, but not in a good way. For the first time in 22 years, they failed to make it to the playoffs. From the years 1998 to 2019, head coach, Gregg Popovich has done an incredible on in maintaining the two-decade streak, but an uninspiring team last season broke that tradition.

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Looking at this, one could have assumed that the offseason for the Spurs would have been very active, and that they would be determined to make big roster changes to prevent this from happening again. However, the Spurs played it safe by sticking to most of the same players. The fans might be disappointed by this, but let’s take a look at what their 2020-21 roster looks like.

San Antonio Spurs transactions: Players signed via trades and free agency

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The Spurs are known for making their draft picks count, and this time was no different. They got Devin Vassell through the No. 11 pick and he is the kind of defensive player to thrive under the style of coaching that Popovich conducts. With another defense asset, they also bagged Tre Jones in the second round of the Draft. So, we can say they hit the jackpot here.

We can’t not talk about DeMar DeRozan when we discuss the Spurs’ offseason. Well, he is the biggest reason the franchisee doesn’t have cap flexibility, but he is worth it. There were rumors about him being traded off but instead, he exercised his player option and res-signed with them. Even Jakob Poeltl’s re-signing was also a no brainer because of his incredible blocks and efficiency.

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Drew Eubanks, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Keita Bates-Diop were also given new contracts to stay with the team.

Players the Spurs lost

The two major losses this offseason for them have been Bryn Forbes and Marco Belinelli. Forbes shock on a two-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, which means they will lack in terms of perimeter shooting. Not only that, but losing Marco will deprive Spurs of more shooting from the bench.

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The way the other teams have built themselves, it won’t be easy for the Spurs to survive. They have two aging veteran players that lead them forward, but for how long? If Vassell grows into their future franchise player, things could look up for them. Till then, it’s most likely that they will have a tough time making their way to the postseason.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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