We’re inching closer to an NBA return and the San Antonio Spurs have to take advantage of the transaction window before it closes.
On Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs signed veteran center Tyler Zeller to a deal through the end of the season as a replacement for the injured LaMarcus Aldridge. It’s not likely that Zeller gets many minutes considering the team’s historical preference toward playing those who have experience within the system, but he’ll serve as a COVID-19 insurance policy for the roster.
Signing Zeller still leaves San Antonio with an open roster spot and the ability to make any multitude of moves in preparation for its return. Their two-way contracts could be converted and they can easily sign someone from the G League or limited free agent pool to vie for minutes in San Antonio’s eight games in Orlando.
Considering this team is likely to use their eight-game stint at Walt Disney World as a chance to develop players, signing another veteran doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Instead, the organization should look to grow from within and give those who they’ve developed in both San Antonio and Austin a shot at competing.
Most of these potential transactions are harmless. Nothing that they do now in the league’s designated transaction window is going to drastically change their season outlook, but a few minor adjustments could fare well for their future. More so than anything, it’ll give fans an insight into how general manager Brian Wright is operating under pressure.
These three transactions make sense for the Spurs in the short-term without dramatically changing how they’ll need to run their team in the offseason.