Sport teams never stay together forever, at least that trend is starting to vanish from modern day sports. Look at what the Boston Celtics had years ago. Their roster consisted of: Kevin Garnett, Paul Piece and Ray Allen as the main talent. They were a great group of basketball players putting the Celtics on the next level. One of the most famous trio’s in basketball in the past decade was the powerhouse combination of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. The Big Three were together from 2002 to 2016 ending an era for Spurs basketball with Duncan’s retirement. The dynamic band of players that were San Antonio Spurs, are now moving on to different teams.
Point guard Tony Parker left the San Antonio Spurs as a free agent announced on July 6, 2018. Parker is taking his talents to the hive to play for the Charlotte Hornets.
The change in the roster for the San Antonio Spurs squad continued when the team announced today a trade deal sending power forward Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors along with shooting guard Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs as part of the deal.
The transitional period that the San Antonio Spurs are going through now is for their best interest. There has been an underlying tension between Leonard and the Spurs front office this year. That kind of tension never helps a team succeed. If this is really what Leonard wants, then this is a good move for the team as well. Leonard was the future star for the San Antonio Spurs, but with quality talent leaving the team— it only made sense for him to want a trade. The front office of the San Antonio Spurs agreed to the trade.
Life is all about perspectives and how someone handles change. This stands true for the San Antonio Spurs and how they move forward after parting ways with no doubt their best athletes. The general manager needs to focus on finding young talent. This can be done through trades like they just did and by drafting star-studded rookies.
Tony Parker wasn’t getting any younger, Tim Duncan called it quits and Ginobili is starting to get up there in age. There comes a time for a mix-up in the roster and starting over isn’t a bad plan. According to ESPN.com, the Spurs have been post-season participants for the past 21 seasons. I believe though that they can still reach the playoffs again for next season. There won’t be this tension from the past that guys like Leonard and Parker hold. A change could just what the San Antonio Spurs need to continue the learning and building process. Hardships aren’t going to disappear by any means but athletes like DeRozan can light a fire under the Spurs actions on and off the court.
There is no doubting the talent or prestige that Leonard and Parker have. They have a right to move on to a different organization. With that being said, it doesn’t mean that the San Antonio Spurs are going to fall apart. DeRozan is a good basketball player who can fill the void left in the starting line-up. By the time October rolls around, San Antonio Spurs hoops will be back with a new rejuvenated roster.
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