The San Antonio Spurs struggled with consistency all season long, mostly because they weren’t able to count with their perennial All-star and franchise player Kawhi Leonard for most of the campaign.
Leonard’s future is still up in the air and while some reports state that he’s on his way out the door, others point towards the Spurs offering him a max extension worth around 219 million dollars to keep him on board.
So, assuming Leonard does agree to that max extension, the Spurs should already be looking ahead of this offseason and try to find some pieces to play beside him and go back to their Championship aspirations.
In order to do so, they should trade Danny Green if he accepts his player option, as well as moving away Pau Gasol for some 2nd round picks to clear some cap space, as money seems quite tight on the team right now. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 free agents that could help the Spurs.
5. Ersan Ilyasova
Ersan Ilyasova had a very good year with both the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers, posting season averages of 10.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 dimes on 45% from the floor and 35% from three-point territory.
He’s quite a smart player with FIBA experience and would be perfect as a stretch 4-5 for Gregg Popovich. He’s a hard-working guy, a willing facilitator and a standout shooter, so he could work as Boris Diaw once did for them.
4. Wayne Ellington
The San Antonio Spurs struggled all season long with outside shooting and it was one of the main reasons why they were unable to find consistency, with the league oriented towards the perimeter nowadays.
And Wayne Ellington was one of the league’s most consistent shooters from beyond the line, posting season averages of 11.2 points on almost 40% from three, and he knows he would have a much better chance at a Championship with the Spurs than the Heat.
3. Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez has never been known for his defense, but truth to be told, he would be a much more productive version of (this) Pau Gasol for a lot less money, and he’d definitely embrace a lesser role if that meant winning the chip.
Lopez has really improved as a three-point shooter over the last couple of seasons and his scoring ability has never been in doubt, posting season averages of 13 points on 46% from the floor.
2. Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley was one of the league’s most prolific and pesky defenders during his time at Boston, but ever since being traded to the Pistons and then the Clippers, his defensive impact took a major downfall.
Still, his versatility and upside make him quite an intriguing free agent, so the Spurs should definitely consider signing him at the right price on a couple of years deal to complement Kawhi’s top-notch defense and make up for Green’s absence.
1. Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas’ career took a major hit ever since being traded to the Cavaliers, and he struggled to find any kind of offensive rhythm the prior campaign, looking slow and out of sync for most of the season.
Still, the shortest guy in the NBA is a hell of a scorer and Dejounte Murray would definitely make up for most of his defensive liabilities with his great feel for defense and wingspan, although he’s going to have a major pay cut in order to play for this team.
However, we will see where will Tony Parker play next season, because he is a free agent this summer.