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San Antonio Spurs forward Keita Bates-Diop has agreed to a new two-year deal. The terms of the contract were undisclosed, but it was apparently enough to retain his services after the franchise extended a qualifying offer to him back in July. The 25-year-old former Ohio State Buckeye appeared in only 30 professional contests last season, averaging 2.6 minutes and 1.6 rebounds throughout 8.2 minutes. Nonetheless, he probably won't see much action during the 2021-22 campaign, so it's best if he were left off fantasy rosters altogether, regardless of format or league size.
San Antonio Spurs center Zach Collins recently signed a three-year, $22 million deal with the club. However, due to Collins' injury history, only a portion of the contract ($10.675 million) is guaranteed. The 23-year-old played sparingly throughout his four seasons in Portland because of a nagging foot issue, so there is plenty of risk associated with him as a fantasy option. Nonetheless, while most managers will look past Collins in upcoming fantasy drafts, he has the potential to make some noise this season, especially on the glass, if he can gain some minutes and remain healthy.
San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, who is entering free agency this offseason, could be on his way to Los Angeles. Assuming Kawhi Leonard (knee) remains with the organization, DeRozan can help lessen the load of the hobbled superstar, primarily on the offensive end. However, to make a deal happen, specifically from a fiscal sense, a sign-and-trade agreement may have to be orchestrated. With DeRozan anticipated to command nearly $30 million per year in a new deal, a move to L.A. could be unlikely unless Clippers' personnel are willing to part ways with Luke Kennard and Ivica Zubac. The 31-year-old averaged 21.6 points while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field throughout 61 games in San Antonio last season. Regardless of his location, he is expected to have a few more quality years of service left in the tank.
San Antonio Spurs forward Trey Lyles (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's play-in matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. He has not suited up since late March, but this is a must-win game for both teams. Lyles might decide to play through the pain, but regardless he won't offer much fantasy value. His absence would likely mean more minutes for guys like Gorgui Dieng, Jakob Poeltl, and possibly Drew Eubanks. Poeltl is the best DFS option out of the three big men.
San Antonio Spurs guard/forward DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 23 points in just 25 minutes in Sunday's 123-121 loss to Phoenix. He shot a solid 8-for-14 from the field and 6-for-7 at the foul line, even making his only attempt from deep. DeRozan hadn't nailed a single triple since March. He wrapped up his line with four assists, three rebounds and two turnovers. The Spurs made it to the play-in tournament as the 10th seed and will face Memphis on Wednesday. DeRozan had a great game with 28 points against the Grizzlies in the first matchup of the season, but he struggled in the next two with only 19 total points.