It’s never too early to start talking about the next round of free agency, and it appears the San Antonio Spurs are already doing their due diligence overseas. According to Matteo Andreani of La Gazzeto dello Sport, the Spurs have been monitoring Greek forward Dino Mitoglou: a 24 year-old, 6’11”, 255 lb power forward/small-ball center with Panathinaikos Athens.
Mitoglou began his professional career as an amateur in the Greek Basketball League before coming across the Atlantic to play for Wake Forest from 2014-17, where he averaged 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 96 games. He left after his junior season to return to the pros in Greece, where he signed his current four-year deal with Panathinaikos. That contract ends this summer, so if the Spurs (or any NBA team) were to sign him this summer, a buyout would not be owed. He also participated with the Greek national team in the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifications.
Mitoglou is averaging 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 50% shooting in 18.5 minutes per game so far this season. He recently won Euro League MVP of the week, and he appears to be adding the three-pointer to his arsenal. A look at his career stats show while he has only attempted 189 three-pointers during his 5-year professional career, he has hit just under 35% of them, and 60 of those attempts have come this season (so far).
There’s still a lot of basketball to be played this season for the Spurs, but 2021 figures to be one of their busiest and most important offseasons of the Greg Popovich era. The Spurs have had plenty of success with overseas players, and surely no fan would have an issue if they signed a 6-11 big man who played for Wake Forest…