The uncertainty that hung over the San Antonio Spurs last April is not there this year. Despite losing in the first round for a second consecutive year, the Spurs enter the offseason with a much clearer path.
The Kawhi Leonard cloud is now replaced with a foundation of youth, role players and All-Star-level veterans. The Spurs not only will return 11 players, including the starting five, but also welcome back injured guard Dejounte Murray, who missed the entire 2018-19 season.
On the coaching front, once Gregg Popovich formally commits to return for his 24th season as San Antonio Spurs coach, he's expected to sign a three-year contract that will keep him as the highest-paid coach in the NBA, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Now eliminated from the postseason, let's look ahead to the free agency, draft and trade decisions facing the Spurs this offseason.