According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis is expecting a call from the San Antonio Spurs and a few other playoff teams. Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com is reporting the Spurs are interested in Sebastian Telfair, who just finished playing in China last season. Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting the Spurs are interested in Shaun Livingston as well.
Heat free agent forward Rashard Lewis is expecting interest from Miami, Indiana, Oklahoma City, Toronto and San Antonio, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 1, 2014
The Grizzlies, Nets, Spurs and Thunder have expressed in free agent Sebastian Telfair, per source. He played in China last season.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2014
Sacramento, Charlotte, Minnesota, Orlando and the champs from San Antonio all calling, I’m told, about Brooklyn free agent Shaun Livingston
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Livingston off the market
Update 7:42 PM CST: According to Stein and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Livingston has come to a verbal agreement to sign with the Golden State Warriors.
Spurs fans got to see Lewis’ present abilities in the five game series of the NBA Finals. In 17.7 minutes in the playoffs, Lewis averaged 5.3 points and shot 37% from 3-point range.
Telfair just finished a season in China with Tianjin Steel, where he averaged 26.1 points, 6.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and shot 37% from 3-point range. This isn’t the first time the Spurs have been reported to have interest with Telfair, as there was a report last September that surfaced about the team having interest in him.
In 12 playoff games with the Brooklyn Nets, Livingston averaged 9.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists, while shooting 51% from the field, in 27 minutes per game.
From what the Spurs’ offseason expectation currently looked like, the team’s intent seems to bring the majority of its players back together. The team currently has 11 players under contract (if you include Kyle Anderson signing soon), and free agents Boris Diaw and Patty Mills will likely be pursued to rejoin the team.
Matt Bonner and Aron Baynes are also free agents, and the Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Baynes as a restricted free agent.
In looking at Lewis, the Spurs already have a pick-and-pop big man in Austin Daye, who the team opted to keep for the 2014-15 season. Plus, there’s still a chance the team could bring Bonner back at lower price tag.
The Telfair and Livingston rumors would make sense if the team was to lose Mills, who is an unrestricted free agent. If Mills did leave, then Tony Parker and Cory Joseph would be left as the two point guards on roster. There’s a possibility more point guards could be linked to the Spurs in the coming days, as it’s showing early on, the Spurs are reportedly placing calls in the event that Mills did sign elsewhere, to make sure there’s a backup plan in place.