One of the Spurs important pieces Derrick White is qualified to sign an extension this offseason. The fourth-year guard from Colorado had been the second-best player in the bubble. In seven games, White scored in double figures six times with 20+ points four times. He’s been the best two-way players for San Antonio. So giving him an extension right away makes sense than put him on the market and let other team’s bid. Not only to secure Derrick White but to give them more flexibility financially. Any restricted free agent can sign into an offer sheet and will match within72 hours. Given the history, the Spurs lost certain players who became a restricted free agent. In 2016, they lost Cory Joseph to Toronto, Boban Marjanovic to Detroit, and Kyle Anderson to Memphis in 2017.
Derrick White 26 is just only getting better every year. Both ends of the court the Spurs counts on him. When he played for more than 25 minutes, Spurs are 17-12 which looks great with more usage rate. The last time the Spurs in the playoffs went to game seven and decided until the last seconds of the game.
As the bubble game started, Derrick White become a huge part of the Spurs’ success. He shoots more from the arc, which White converted 39% ( 56 attempts). No hesitation for his shot and the good thing is coaching staff to let him do what he feels comfortable for himself.
Defensively he’s leading the guard position in terms of blocks and third in the league for drawing an offensive foul. The Spurs guard played most of his minutes with the Spurs’ second-string guys. If he could get more time with the starting five especially with Dejounte Murray they’re a dangerous backcourt tandem defensively. Both of them create havoc that could lead to transition points. Among the young guys, Derrick White 26, others like Murray (23), Keldon Johnson ( 20), Luka Samanic ( 20), and Lonnie Walker (21) third-year guard is the readiest.
The Spurs extended Dejounte Murray last October worth 64 million in four years. Even after a major injury, the organization takes a risk with the point. The amount is most likely Murray deserved because he’s an All-Defensive team prior to an ACL tear.
While Bobby Marks of ESPN noted that the Spurs could sign Derrick White around 54 million at four years. Added by Marks, the Spurs can maintain the flexibility at around 70 million of cap space in next year offseason. Assuming DeMar DeRozan pick up his option this year, with Aldridge, Mills, and Gay contracts will be out of the Spurs books.
Regardless of how much is it, both camps will mutually agree to an extension. Derrick White is made for the Spurs culture who can help the team with a great result.