Spurs still have room to sign John Collins; DeRozan and Patty Mills stay in the market
SAN ANTONIO –It was the first interesting day for Spurs as NBA free agency began on Monday. Here are the key things to know as we head into Day 2.
San Antonio agreed to a 3-year, $ 42 million contract with 6-foot-7 forward Doug McDermott. Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the case first and this has since been confirmed by KSAT-12 Sports. McDermott is entering his 8th season in the NBA after averaging 13.6 points per game and shooting almost 39% of the 3-point range last season with the Pacers.
San Antonio also signed a 3-year, $ 22 million contract with 6-foot-11 Portland forward Zach Collins. The deal was reported first by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and confirmed by KSAT-12 Sports. Collins only played 11 games last year for Portland after injuring his foot. He averages 7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and is only 23 years old. He’s also out of range, shooting almost 37% at 3 points before getting injured.
A source confirms that Zach Collins signed a 3-year contract with Spurs worth $ 22 million. May also confirm Doug McDermott’s agreement with SA, also over 3 years valued at $ 42 million. San Antonio needed the size and the shot and delivered on those needs. Spurs still have ceiling space for another key signing. #KSATsports #Go Spurs go pic.twitter.com/C18x2QgL1K
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The Spurs still have around $ 28 million in ceiling space, so they can still send Atlanta’s John Collins a maximum offer sheet. Interestingly, DeMar DeRozan remains in the market after day one. I think San Antonio is waiting for Collins’ domino to fall before making a decision on DeRozan. DeMar could come to a deal with another team, although there are now very few that could reach DeRozan’s price, in the top $ 20 million.
Lauri Markkanen and Kelly Oubre are also still in the market. They have been linked with Spurs for weeks. A possible signing and trade with Chicago for Markkanen and DeRozan would make sense. Patty Mills has piqued the interest of several other teams. It looks like Patty can leave San Antonio. Monday’s signings also indicate that Spurs will not be bringing back Rudy Gay.
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