San Antonio Spurs 2014 Draft Preview
Draft picks: 1st round (30th overall), 2nd round (58th, 60th overall)
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs just won their fifth championship, so re-tooling is not a huge issue.
Except that it is.
Tim Duncan has a player option for next season. He's expected to decide between returning to defend San Antonio's title, or retirement.
Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Matt Bonner, all key pieces in the title march, are free agents.
Therefore, the Spurs will be busy, but picking late.
At No. 30, San Antonio might go the foreign route that has netted them stars like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter. If Duncan were to walk, there's no way a No. 30 pick could replace that.
San Antonio always does its due diligence and nothing major scares the team off. Michigan's Mitch McGary, who suffered a back injury and was suspended for marijuana use, could be available.
Wichita State's Cleanthony Early, or the best available player, would be wise.
It's the Spurs. They're champions and they know what they're doing. With coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford, this should not change.
Players under contract: G Tony Parker; C Tiago Splitter; G Manu Ginobili; G Danny Green; G Marco Belinelli; F Kawhi Leonard; C Jeff Ayers; G Cory Joseph; F Austin Daye
Free agents: F/C Tim Duncan (player option); F Boris Diaw; F Matt Bonner; G Patty Mills; C Aron Baynes
Recent Draft History: 2013: Livio Jean-Charles (28), DeShaun Thomas (58)
2012: Marcus Denmon (59)
2011: Cory Joseph (29), Adam Hanga (59)
2010: James Anderson (20), Ryan Richards (49)
2009: DeJuan Blair (37), Jack McClinton (51), Nando De Colo (53)
06/18 17:52:27 ET