3 Questions the San Antonio Spurs must answer after the all-star break

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Is Tre Jones the team’s point guard of the future?

Former second-round pick Tre Jones’ ascent to starting point guard has been an interesting one, to say the least. Last season, he was the backup to all-star Dejounte Murray and playing ahead of lottery pick Joshua Primo, but after Murray was dealt in the offseason, Jones had an opportunity to win the starting role. He beat out Primo this past summer and has solidified himself in that role, particularly now that Primo has been dismissed from the team.

As is, Jones is a good defender and playmaker and has also made strides as a scorer, but he’s not irreplaceable. In fact, depending on where the Spurs draft in June, they could select guard Scoot Henderson, who is talented enough to replace Jones on Day 1.

Further complicating things is that he will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, and while the Spurs will have the means to bring him back, they may not have the incentive if Henderson is selected. Of course, other scenarios could play out. As an example, the Spurs could select first and draft Victor Wembanyama or third and take Brandon Miller, in which case they’ll need a playmaker to help get those players the ball.

The Spurs have no other playmaking one’s on the roster, and there aren’t any realistic options in free agency, either, with the best point guards available being all-stars or veterans who don’t fit the team’s timeline. That leaves Jones’ future in San Antonio very much up in the air.