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San Antonio Spurs 2013 Draft Preview
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

The San Antonio Spurs came within five seconds of a fifth NBA title, but fell short against the Miami Heat.

Once again, they have a late pick in the first round, a price you pay for consistent greatness.

The Spurs don't have many weaknesses, other than age. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are getting up there, or, are already up there.

Ginobili is an unrestricted free agent who, admittedly, is contemplating retirement. He said that after a painful NBA Finals where Ginobili had one great game, but six poor ones.

If there's potential for offseason problems, it would be in the front court. Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter can both leave, so big man might be the target with the 28th pick.

Jeff Withey of Kansas, Mike Muscala of Bucknell and Louisville's Gorgui Dieng all might make sense.

If Ginobili retires, and Gary Neal, who is a restricted free agent, bolts, the Spurs will need some perimeter shooters. Either of the great Jrs, Tim Hardaway or Glen Rice, seem like San Antonio type players. Both are NBA ready, but should slide down the board as other teams look for flaws the Spurs don't care about.

Players under contract: G: Tony Parker; F: Tim Duncan; F: Matt Bonner; G: Danny Green; F: Kawhi Leonard; G: Nando de Colo; G: Cory Joseph; C: Aaron Baynes

Free agents: F: Boris Diaw (player option); Patty Mills (player option); Gary Neal (restricted); Tiago Splitter (restricted); DeJuan Blair; Tracy McGrady; Manu Ginobili

Recent Draft History:

2012: Marcus Denmon (59)

2011: Cory Joseph (29), Adam Hanga (59)

2010: James Anderson (20), Ryan Richards (49)

2009: DeJuan Blair (37), Jack McClinton (51), Nando De Colo (53)

2008: George Hill (26), Goran Dragic (45), James Gist (57)

Draft picks: 1st round (28th overall), 2nd round (58th overall)

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