The Hammon, Barry Head Coaching Vacancies Report: San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach Becky Hammon is one of the five candidates for the Portland Trail Blazers’ head coaching vacancy, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Spurs Vice President of Basketball Operations Brent Barry is also one of the five candidates.
Hammon is a candidate for the Orlando Magic’s head coaching vacancy as well. In past offseasons, Hammon has been interviewed for other head coaching vacancies.
Hammon just completed her seventh season as an assistant coach with the Spurs. Barry just completed his third season in the Spurs’ front office.
The Oubre Jr. Report: The Spurs are one of three teams who will have interest in unrestricted free agent Kelly Oubre Jr. this offseason, per Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports. Along with the Spurs, are the Miami Heat and New York Knicks.
Among free agents 6’9″ and below, Oubre Jr. ranks 20th among 186 players in 3-point attempts, after he launched 5.2 per game this past season with the Golden State Warriors. He’s a career 32.6% shooter from three, ranking 114th among 169 players 6’9″ and below, but he has shown he can bring that number up to 35% like he did with Phoenix in the 2019-20 season.
He’s also active on the defensive end helping to get stops, with his 4.5 defensive rebounds, one steal, and 0.8 blocks per game. He’s 6th out 191 in the free agent group among players 6’9″ and below in getting stops (defensive rebounds + steals + blocks) per game with 6 per game, according to Analyzing the League’s free agent page.
Among free agents 6’9″ and below, he’s in the Top-60 among 191 free agents in win shares, with 2.2 per game. Oubre Jr. played in 55 games with the Warriors this season, where he averaged 15.4 points, 6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 turnovers in 30.7 minutes per game.
The Cap Situations: It’s unknown at the moment what Oubre Jr. will be seeking in free agency and where his projection for salary currently stands.
The Spurs will have close to $50 million in cap space depending on what decisions they make in free agency with their own free agents (DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, Rudy Gay, etc.). The Knicks could have close to $53.5 million in cap space this offseason. As for the Heat, they can open up a maximum of $28.1 million in cap space, but that would force Miami to lose key players like Victor Oladipo (unrestricted free agent), Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn (restricted free agents), Goran Dragic (non-guaranteed), and Andre Iguodala (non-guaranteed).
You can read the full free agent scouting report on Oubre Jr. on AnalyzingTheLeague.com.