The big man center is realistic and he wants to stay as a Spur. Jakob Poeltl will be a restricted free agent this offseason as the San Antonio Spurs failed to offer him an extension last year.
“I want to get paid for the value I have as a basketball player,” said Poeltl. “It’s not about getting as much out as possible. I want to win and develop as a basketball player.”
As the 9th pick in 2016, Poeltl earned almost 4 million this season as part of his rookie contract. The Spurs big man from Austria had a decent 5.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. A good passer for a big man, a rim protector, excellent in pick and roll, and better offensive rebounder.
In the bubble game on Orlando, Florida Poeltl helps the Spurs into a 5-3 finish on which the Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time in 23 years.
“I have proven that I can handle more minutes and be effective,” Poeltl said.
At age 24, Poeltl had so much to prove and worth an extension for the San Antonio Spurs.
“You could see that we have potential,” he added, “I think I showed the Spurs that I fit well into this concept. It can work really well with the young group too. It would be a cool thing if we could do that for a few years.”
The Spurs are really embracing the youth movement this time as their oldest is Derrick White at 26. With mixed of veterans like DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, and Patty Mills.
“I still hope that I get a good offer and end up with a team with whom I can fill my role well,” Poeltl said. “If it is then maybe a little less salary due to the corona situation, that would be okay with me too.”
Any team can give an offer sheet to Jakob Poeltl then the Spurs can match that offer if they want to retain the big man.
“I think it’s quite realistic that I will stay in San Antonio.”