One of the biggest reasons the San Antonio Spurs were able to finish with a league-best 62-20 while giving their aging veterans adequate rest was the depth they have built through the acquisition of several veterans.
Two players that have really settled down in San Antonio are big Boris Diaw and guard Patty Mills.
According to Dan McCarney of The San Antonio Express-News, the increase in the salary cap could help the Spurs keep both Diaw and Mills.
The Spurs are projected at roughly $53 million in salary for next season, including Tim Duncan’s $10.4 million player option and a $1.1 million team option on Austin Daye.
The extra cash could come in handy with Boris Diaw and Patty Mills both hitting unrestricted free agency this summer after excellent seasons.
Diaw, 32, made $4.7 million this season, while the 25-year-old Mills will no doubt be seeking a substantial raise from his $1.1 million salary — and perhaps a starting role with a different team — after averaging 10.2 points in 18.9 minutes as a key member of the Spurs’ league-leading bench.
Diaw averaged 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game this season while Mills put up 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.