|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - After 13 Consecutive trips to the postseason and four rings, you can almost see the end of the road coming for a great San Antonio team.
Injuries and age have taken a toll on Gregg Popovich's club for the last two seasons and many think the Spurs should start thinking about the dreaded "R" word -- rebuilding.
The Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are still as imposing as ever when they are on the floor together but the supporting cast has lacked athleticism.
San Antonio thought they cured that by acquiring forward Richard Jefferson but it never panned out. A couple of young players have developed, however, guard George Hill and forward DeJuan Blair.
It looks as if San Antonio will give the "Big Three" another chance to make a run but they will need some more help. The tread is wearing thin on both Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Hill could be a star down the line but the Spurs could use another active body in the backcourt and Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe, while not quite ready, can play both positions and has a solid upside.
Players under contract: F/C DeJuan Blair; F/C Tim Duncan; G Alonzo Gee; G Manu Ginobili; F Malik Hairston; G George Hill; G Curtis Jerrells; F Antonio McDyess; G Tony Parker; G Garrett Temple
Free agents : G Keith Bogans (unrestricted); F Matt Bonner (unrestricted); F Richard Jefferson (unrestricted -ETO); C Ian Mahinmi (unrestricted); G Roger Mason (unrestricted)
Draft picks: 1st round (20th overall), 2nd round (49th overall).