May 30, 2017, 10:52 am
Dewayne Dedmon has decided to decline his player option for next season and will test the free agent market this summer, per Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Dedmon was due to make $3.5 million next year but should be able to dwarf that on the open market. He had a strong season despite being ignored for long stretches of time, particularly in the postseason when his starting spot was usurped after he missed a first round game due to illness. Dedmon had a career year in San Antonio, establishing new highs in games played (76) and starts (37) while his 17.5 minutes, 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals and .622 mark from the floor also represent career-best marks. He also notched 0.8 blocks per contest so he should easily find work as a rim protector. The Spurs have a number of free agents to take care of and Dedmon isn’t their top priority so he’s a name for fantasy owners to file away in case he ends up somewhere with an easy path to playing time.