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There's a key deadline ahead for Spurs' Murray, Poeltl

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San Antonio Spurs' Jakob Poeltl dunks during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 111-103. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

There is a an upcoming date to keep an eye on for the San Antonio Spurs, Jakob Poeltl and Dejounte Murray.

On Oct. 21 2019, Murray, Poeltl and the Spurs will have to reach an agreement on a possible rookie contract extensions.

Murray is eligible for the extension in 2020-21 for $3.4 million while Poeltl is eligible for $5.0 million in the same year under a rookie deal.

Murray has averaged 6.6 points, 4.2 total rebounds and 2.3 assists in his short NBA career. He became the youngest All-Defensive second team in 2017-2018, he is also top-10 (in that same year) for defensive rating (5th), steal percentage (5th), and defensive box plus/minus (6th). He is coming off missing an entire season (2018-19) due to injury but should be a factor in the upcoming season for San Antonio.

Poeltl averaged 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game last season, which both set new single-season career highs to go along with 5.5 points and 0.88 blocks in 16.5 minutes. He also appeared in 77 games, starting a career-high 24. he also became a viable backup to LaMarcus Aldridge, a rim protector and ran the pick-and-roll well.

If the Spurs are serious about their future, then both are a huge piece to that future.

The obvious move will be that the Spurs will pick up the extensions to keep them in San Antonio under their rookie deals. It would behoove the financially conscious Spurs to keep them relatively cheap instead of offering some larger deal this season. Following next season, they both will become free agents unless the Spurs lock them up ahead of next summer for the foreseeable future.

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