Rumors Abound: AVC’s Dewayne Dedmon to Warriors?

Posted: July 7, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2017-18, NBA, Professionals

The rumor is floating out there that Dewayne Dedmon is being coveted by the World Champions Warriors.  Dewayne played for them in his first year out of college and their D-League team.  The article below shows that the San Antonio Spurs are not going to give him up without a fight!!!  What a tough choice for the big man!

San Antonio Spurs: 4 Reasons Dewayne Dedmon Could Re-Sign

by Rob Wolkenbrod1 day agoFollow @RealRobWolkey

San Antonio Spurs, SAN ANTONIO, TX – MAY 01: Dewayne Dedmon

Dewayne Dedmon is still a free agent, but all hope shouldn’t be lost on him re-signing with the San Antonio Spurs.

Nearly one month ago, Dewayne Dedmon opted out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs. He had a player option for a second season with the five-time NBA Champions, but chose to enter NBA free agency.

Dedmon played a backup center role for the Spurs, even playing some games as the starting center. It led to a career season for him, which could mean a bigger contract in the open market.

However, Dedmon has yet to sign in free agency. It’s still early in the process, but that might bode well for the Spurs. So what reasons could lead him back to Gregg Popovich and co.?

The Desire to Keep a 60-Win Team Together

The 2016-17 NBA season was consumed by the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. They were deemed the automatic favorites to win it all in June, and both made the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season.

The San Antonio Spurs stood a chance of making the NBA Finals, but an ankle injury to Kawhi Leonard essentially ended their hopes, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors swept them and won the NBA championship.

However, lost in everything was the Spurs having the second-best record in the NBA, and by eight games. They finished at 61-21, six games behind Golden State.

The Spurs already started retaining the look of this team. They re-signed Patty Mills to a four-year, $50 million deal, and still have cap space left. So could this and a desire to keep this 61-win team together lead to San Antonio pushing to keep Dewayne Dedmon?

Dedmon became a defensive spark for the Spurs, emerging as a backup rim protector for the team. He was a good change of pace from Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, whose games have moved away from the basket.

If Dedmon sticks around, he could fill this role again and continue keeping things looking similar. It wouldn’t be the worst fit and even makes sense for him to come back to.

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