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Old 07-25-18, 12:41 PM
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Paul Decision still pending

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After The Kawhi Leonard Trade, Spurs' Next Decision Sits At Bottom Of Roster

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The San Antonio Spurs shed their Kawhi Leonard problem Wednesday, with a trade to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick. It finally resolved the top of the roster, even though Leonard missed all but nine games in the 2017-18 season due to a quadriceps injury.
While San Antonio's main storyline closed, its offseason remains far from over, with a decision yet to be made for the back-end of the roster. Though not as important as the movement of the would-be face of the franchise, it's still a future transaction that determines if the Silver and Black have an open roster spot or not.
In the 2017 Summer League, the Spurs made a surprise move and gave Brandon Paul a two-year contract. The first year was fully guaranteed, for a player that never appeared in an NBA regular-season game. However, the organization placed an Aug. 1, 2018 deadline on guaranteeing the second year.
According to Basketball-Reference, picking up Paul's contract for 2018-19 puts another $1.38 million on the salary cap. Is it worth it?
With Paul's contract, the Spurs are already hard-capped, so they sit just $6.6 million away from the luxury tax line of $123.7 million. They might not sign anyone else this summer, so this luxury line would not matter. But if San Antonio wants to stay away from it and make another roster change, then the Illinois product becomes the potential scapegoat.

The Spurs still have the Bi-Annual exception of $3.4 million to use, if desired, and add one of the NBA's remaining free agents to their roster. They can remove Paul's $1.38 million salary, be about $7.9 million away from the luxury tax line and feel a little more comfortable with the use of the Bi-Annual exception. It's not 100 percent necessary, but it provides minor flexibility for the 2018-19 season if a signing or trade possibility arises.
If Manu Ginobili retires, it may give the Spurs more inclination to spend money on a bench piece. Maybe it's David Nwaba, who they were linked to earlier this offseason, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.
Of course, the Spurs could be done with roster acquisitions and still cut Paul's contract. They have an overload at shooting guard, with Ginobili, Marco Belinelli, DeMar DeRozan, Bryn Forbes, Lonnie Walker IV and Derrick White all capable of taking minutes; DeRozan will likely consume at least 30 per game, based on how often he played for the Toronto Raptors, and leave the rest to a group that may not feature Ginobili (potential retirement) and Walker (potential G-League trip).
If Ginobili and Walker do not start the season on the roster, Paul may sit still behind Belinelli, Forbes and White, both of whom flashed scoring upside in the NBA and G League, respectively. Paul never found his footing after a few glimpses in October and early November, as Forbes crossed him in the rotation and never relinquished minutes, so the second-year man would have an uphill climb to find playing time as it is. Sure, the depth has the chance to become worthwhile, but it's to pay someone that would find scarce time.
The Spurs have eight days to make their decision, and maybe the last one of an unusual offseason. Paul is not a big name and holds little value to the roster, but his presence would make a difference on the team's salary cap for the 2018-19 season.
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Old 07-25-18, 03:32 PM
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Personally, I like Brandon Paul and I like his game. Heís a hardnosed defensive player that this team needs and he goes and gets it when heís on the court. Yeah, he made his share of mistakes last year but his game canít improve without PT and he ainít going to get that by sitting at the end of the bench. And Derrick Whiteís outstanding summer league performance really didnít help his chances any either. However, with both Green and Leonard gone (both defensive players) and if Ginobili doesnít return, Paulís chances are a little better. But if the Spurs have their sights set on someone out there who they feel can really help this team and want to snatch them, then Paul will probably have to pack his bags between now and 1Aug.
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I personally don't see him back. Spurs like to have flexibility with that last roster spot. It also will depend on if Manu returns. I just think there are too many guards so they might look for another true SF or PF/C tweener.
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Don't see why Bryn gets all the love and Paul is ignored.

Having lost Kawhi and DGreen on D and having added Demar's shooting skill over the summer, I'd think that Paul's defensive prowess would be more valuable than Bryn's admittedly pretty shot and defensive shortcomings.
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Don't see why Bryn gets all the love and Paul is ignored.

Having lost Kawhi and DGreen on D and having added Demar's shooting skill over the summer, I'd think that Paul's defensive prowess would be more valuable than Bryn's admittedly pretty shot and defensive shortcomings.
Bryn scores the ball much better than Paul. That is why. It also happened to be our biggest weakness last season.
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Don't see why Bryn gets all the love and Paul is ignored.

Having lost Kawhi and DGreen on D and having added Demar's shooting skill over the summer, I'd think that Paul's defensive prowess would be more valuable than Bryn's admittedly pretty shot and defensive shortcomings.
I understand what you're saying but I don't think Paul showed enough to be kept. We will see what happens.
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