There are several different ways Spurs can use their cap space

It’s a great season for Tottenham. They have three picks in the first round, and as we’ve indicated, they could be one of the few teams with plenty of room to sign a free agent for a maximum deal. There is a good chance that major roster changes will occur before the 2022-23 season is reported.

Even if they can’t get hold of any of the big names, there are also other ways San Antonio can turn their cover space into an asset. Their options include renting it out, using it to extend their future agents or converting it out of the next season. Some possibilities are more realistic than others, but let’s take a look at them all.

Tottenham could try to close their current heart

Besides Keldon Johnson and Romeo Langford, three Spurs are eligible for an extension: Degonte Murray, Jacob Boltle and Trey Jones. In theory, San Antonio could extend their contracts this off season while also including a huge signing bonus using their cover space which could see all three earn well next season while leaving them on very friendly contracts with the team the rest of the way, similar to what Thunder did with Nick Collison years ago.

The reason this is unlikely to happen is that all three players are already on low wages and it can be said that the maximum that Tottenham can offer as an extension is 120% of their current salaries. For example, in a two-year extension, in the case of Dejounte Murray, it went from a profit of about $16.5 million in 2022/23 to $20.6 million in 2023/24 and $22.2 million in 2024/25. He will likely get more than that by playing on his current contract, entering into a free agency and re-signing with Tottenham or signing elsewhere. Now, if Spurs included a maximum signing bonus, it would take Murray’s 2022/23 salary immediately to $23 million, but in the next two years of the extension, his salary would drop. The chances of a very low-paid Murray or Poeltl agreeing to this type of extension are very low, although it might not hurt to ask.

You see Jones is another story. The young bouncer might be more inclined to extend for four years with a total value of, say, $16 million and get a singing bonus that would pay him more than he’s earned so far. But the benefits to Spurs may not be great enough to motivate them to do so and Jones may decide to bet on himself.

Tottenham can rent their own space or facilitate deals

A more realistic option involves San Antonio taking a page out of Sam Presti’s book and renting out their cover space. In the past few years, Thunder has received draft picks to take on the Al Horford, George Hill and Derrick Favorites contracts. Spurs could do the same with other veterans in order to get more assets.

Good examples of a trade that the cover space in San Antonio can help facilitate include the 76ers and Tobias Harris. General Manager Daryl Morey is He is said to be trying to make something bigIt is unlikely, however, that any team forced to trade a star would want Harris back in the deal. There were rumors that Bradley Beal might be a target for Philadelphia, but the Wizards simply wouldn’t be of any use to the mega-decade veteran who also plays in the same position as Roy Hatchimura and Denny Avdega. They would surely prefer to have Tyrese Maxey and a huge commercial exception.

Spurs could simply be the third team to make it all work by moving Harris’ contract into their cover space, which would allow the Sixers to match contracts while also saving a huge amount of money for the Wizards. For their troubles, they could get future first-round picks from Philadelphia and possibly Washington. They can also carve out Harris as a stepping stone forward and hope to increase his value so he can be flipped again, which the Thunder did with Horford.

There are simpler examples where instead of getting involved in complicated multi-team deals, Spurs strike a bad contract in their roof space. Teams in or near the luxury tax district might want to get rid of the paycheck, and front desks that made mistakes signing or trading expensive players (hello again, Tobias Harris) might seek to get rid of them, even if it costs them a pick or two. If this is how Spurs want to use at least part of their cap space, they will have no problem finding opportunities.

Spurs can only roll over their hat space into next season

If they can’t secure their major free agency goals and their hat-room rental offers aren’t satisfactory, the Spurs also have a chance to extend their cap space into the following season.

Spurs could have about $40 million in roof space in 2023. To get there, they will have to avoid signing anyone to a multi-year deal this summer and delaying extensions. This forecast includes the salary of the three first round picks. It also includes mounts Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl in their books, which means the front office can use every available room and then go to cover to re-sign existing creators with their bird rights. Tre Jones has a small cap that can be included as well, and the San Antonio will have full bird rights to him that season, so they should also be able to keep it. The rest of the free agents must be abandoned. In order to have more space, the front office can move Doug McDermott to someone in an expired deal.

There are some big names set to enter free agency that summer, including current MVP Nikola Djokic, but it’s probably too soon to know who will be available. However, as we covered, the cover space can be used in other ways. Perhaps next summer, a contracted star will come out, and Tottenham will be in an excellent position to get him. There is a case to go that route if none of the best 2022 agents want to play in San Antonio.

However, there are some potential drawbacks to this strategy. First, not offering an extension to Keldon Johnson now could backfire, as his value could increase over the next season. Second, it’s hard to put together a cohesive team when most players are in the final year of their contract. Spurs could mitigate most of the chemistry issues by keeping familiar faces like Keita Bates-Diop and Jock Landall and throwing in a big one-year deal in Looney Walker fashion, to bring back essentially the same team, but not use cover space at all. be a waste. Signing a few veterans who understand the situation into one-year deals might make sense, but the improvement is likely to be limited. Either way, it would make for a pretty boring season, but might be better than throwing in multi-year deals for role players.


Spurs should head towards the moon this summer and try to add one of the big names in the market in free agency or use their roof space and assets to get a star by trade. Obviously a big splash is needed, so being overly cautious may not be the play.

Although expectations should be high, it’s still good to know that even if they can’t achieve anything big this season, there are ways they can still use their cover space to replenish their treasure chest or use it carefully enough. To allow themselves a second chance at a big move next summer.

Spurs have many options, which is always a good thing.

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