According to a recent report, the San Antonio Spurs are guaranteeing Zach Collins’ salary for 2022/23 in full. This news comes on the same day as the contract salary guarantee deadline. Let’s take a look at the details.
Zach Collins’ Salary for 2022/23 is Now Fully Guaranteed
The report comes from Tom Orsborn, who writes for the San Antonio Express-News. You can view his tweet about it below:
Orsborn received the information from agent Mark Bartelstein, who commented, “He is going to have an amazing summer and will take his game to another level next season.”
While Collins did sign a three-year contract with San Antonio last year, the contract guaranteed only the first year in full. There was a guarantee only for $3.675MM for the second year (the upcoming season)—half the full amount. But now, there is a guarantee for the full $7.35MM. This guarantee does not impact the following season (23/24).
During the previous season, Collins struggled early on with multiple foot injuries. But during the latter part of the season, he was able to play 28 games with 5.5 RPG, 7.8 PPG, and 2.2 APG in 17.9 minutes per contest. It seems likely that going into the next season, Collins can continue to build upon that performance. Hopefully he will be spared from any further foot injures in 22/23, giving him the chance to show what he is truly capable of.
One downside is, of course the inevitable effect on the Spurs’ budget. Now that they have guaranteed Collins’ full salary for the season, there is less money to spend elsewhere. This may act against the possibility of re-signing Lonnie Walker IV. Walker poses a conundrum for the team. On one hand, his athleticism is unquestionable. On the other, he seems to have a hard time with decision-making, and seems to struggle with his confidence and consistency.
We will just have to see where the front office lands on this decision. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, read about how the Spurs traded Kennedy Chandler draft rights for a future second round pick plus cash.