The NBA offseason will bring the potential for a number of roster changes for many teams including the San Antonio Spurs. Amongst the free agent players that the Spurs will have to decide on whether to keep or let go will be big man Jakob Poeltl. He recently commented on the possibility of staying with the Spurs as he continues his early career in the NBA.
Jakob Poeltl is ‘Comfortable’ with Spurs
This past season marked the second for center Jakob Poeltl in San Antonio after he spent his first two on the Toronto Raptors. He believes he can continue to improve his game and become a solid contributor for the team, as do many Spurs fans.
The former No. 9 pick in 2016 had his best career numbers last season in terms of blocks, rebounds, and assists. Poeltl also became a key roster member when LaMarcus Aldridge couldn’t participate in the NBA bubble games due to his shoulder surgery.
That said, Poeltl will be a free agent this offseason with other NBA teams able to offer him a deal to sign with them, if they choose. The Spurs can also decide to match that deal in order to secure Poeltl going forward. The 7-foot-1 center is just fine with where is too.
“I feel very comfortable in San Antonio and can well imagine continuing to play there,” Poeltl said of playing for the Spurs when he spoke to Austria’s APA (h/t News4SA).
For the 2019-20 season, Poeltl averaged 5.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game. Jakob’s blocks average was second to only former All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Austrian native’s ability to turn away shots or driving players in the lane has become one of the reasons Spurs fans would love to see him remain on the roster. However, Poeltl mentioned it’s not up to him so much as to whether he stays in San Antonio.
Poeltl ‘Optimistic’ He’ll Stay with Spurs
Jakob Poeltl originally came to the San Antonio Spurs thanks to the blockbuster trade with Toronto involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan. After two solid seasons as part of a talented Spurs’ roster, Poeltl now realizes it’s not just him that decides his future.
“The decision about it lies more with the Spurs than with me,” Poeltl commented. “It’s not that I’m worried, but I just don’t know what my future will look like. And the decision about it is not one hundred percent in my hands.”
The Spurs reportedly paid Poeltl $3,754,886 last season. They’ll now keep an eye on the free agency situation to see whether other teams are interested in his services. Then it becomes a situation where the Spurs need to determine if they want to match that value to ensure his future with the team, or cut ties.
The NBA Draft will (tentatively) take place in November. Depending on what sort of player the team selects, it could very well impact Poeltl’s future. So could offseason or draft trades. The Spurs could always make another blockbuster trade involving someone like Aldridge or DeMar DeRozan. Poeltl could either be part of a deal, or a bigger part of the team’s future.
When it comes down to it, Poeltl said he feels “optimistic” he will remain in a Spurs uniform. Many Spurs fans are hoping to see more of the big man’s contributions in the 2021 NBA season.
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