Blurbs are emerging — ACTUAL BLURBS!!! — that the Spurs are out of the market for Andrei Kirilenko. The San Antonio Express News’ Jeff McDonald (no relation) is saying after the Spurs went out and resigned Ginobili and Splitter and brought in Belinelli and Pendergraph, they seem to have run out of their summer allowance. So unless they clear up some space sending out the Red Rocket, AK could be off the Spurs radar.
Having also agreed to new deals with guard Manu Ginobili (two years, $14 million) and center Tiago Splitter (four years, $36 million) and coming to terms with free-agent guard Marco Belinelli (two years, nearly $6 million), much of the team’s offseason work appears done.
With Pendergraph and Belinelli soon to be aboard, the Spurs have commitments for 14 players for next season, one under the roster maximum.
With most of their free-agent budget committed elsewhere, the Spurs are no longer considered a viable suitor for free-agent small forward Andrei Kirilenko, who opted out of $10.2 million in Minnesota to pursue a longer deal with another team.
There is a possibility the Spurs could still shake loose some salary cap space, but that scenario — which would involve the team exercising its amnesty provision on the $3.94 million owed Matt Bonner — appears remote at this point.