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RUMOR: Spurs are staring down a rebuild straight in the face

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The San Antonio Spurs are undeniably on the brink of a complete overhaul after starting 10-15 through the first 25 games and now 11th in a deep Western Conference. While there’s still plenty of times to get a grip on the playoff race, this season might just be the one that sparks an inevitable rebuild after 22 straight seasons of making the postseason.

“This is a different day for this organization,” said ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski during a TV special that aired on Sunday afternoon. “They lived in a separate, parallel universe of the NBA because of the continuity they had.”

The Spurs have plenty of talent in players like Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Bryn Forbes, and Lonnie Walker IV, but their growth is being impeded by veteran shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who soaks up most of the minutes at the wing.

“This rebuild is coming in San Antonio,” Wojnarowski continued. “Whether it’s this trade deadline or this summer. There’s no getting around it. It’s going to be a hard road for them. They’re not setup to turn this around very quickly.”

San Antonio has relied on staples like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker to lead them to multiple playoff appearances and five titles throughout their fantastic 22-year run, and while they thought they had the heir to that process in Kawhi Leonard, his trade to the Toronto Raptors drastically changed the Spurs trajectory — leaving them without a franchise-caliber player on the roster.

The Spurs would have to move DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge and put all their chips into the draft to start their rebuilding process after holding onto this run with everything. The Spurs have been the seventh seed in the West the last two years, a precipitous slide after many years atop of the conference.