With the San Antonio Spurs’ season ending, here are three players that will not be back for the 2021-22 campaign.
It used to be a rarity to see the San Antonio Spurs miss out on an NBA Playoff berth under head coach Gregg Popovich. But after the 2020-21 season, the Spurs have extended their streak to two years after they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference play-in tournament.
The Spurs have a young corps of talent on their roster that they expect to take the next step, especially to build the next dynasty in San Antonio. This summer, the Spurs are set to lose seven players to free agency. With the team likely trying to take the next step in bringing the Spurs back to the postseason, here are three players who will not be on the roster next season.
Trey Lyles joined the Spurs in 2019 after signing a two-year, $11 million contract. While his career in San Antonio began as a starter, his role has since diminished, due to unideal statistical production and to injury.
In his first official season in San Antonio, Lyles averaged 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 44.6-percent from the field and 38.7-percent from the 3-point line through 63 games (53 starts).
This campaign, Lyles was limited to 23 games due to an ankle injury that kept him out for over two months. Even so, the big man’s role was reduced, as he started just nine games and logged 15.6 minutes per game. Additionally, Lyles averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds while recording a 47.8-percent from the field on an average 3.9 shot attempts per game.
You can expect the Spurs to move on from Lyles and look elsewhere.