The San Antonio Spurs are in a unique position to take on risk with their current roster. With only one year left on Kawhi Leonard’s contract, the Spurs have the chance to get an elite player for just one season of service instead of two.
There are 3 hidden gem 2021 NBA free agents that the Spurs should risk it all for.
The San Antonio Spurs must carefully consider who they sign in free agency after missing the playoffs for the second year in a row. Last season, San Antonio lacked shooting from beyond the arc, and they need to retool their squad to suit today’s NBA, where having a glut of shooters is never a bad thing. They’ll have about $50 million in cap room to work with this offseason, and they’ll need to spend it on high-quality players.
The Spurs and Pop are renowned for spotting “diamonds in the rough” players. Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker were chosen late in the NBA draft and went on to become two of the greatest players to ever wear the silver and black uniform. We can safely claim that they have a keen eye for talent.
These are the undiscovered treasures for whom the Spurs should put everything on the line in free agency:
Richaun Holmes is an underappreciated rim-runner who is now one of the finest in the league. Last season, the 6-foot-10 center had a breakout season with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 63 percent from the floor. The 27-year-old is a sparkplug on the court who infects his teammates with his contagious enthusiasm, something the Spurs lack. Holmes would certainly raise the ante, since he is known for his fiery performances.
With a slew of guards in the Spurs’ rotation, Holmes would be a great compliment for strong ball handlers and playmakers. When it comes to pick and roll, the athletic center is renowned for being a tough opponent.
Last season, the Spurs were dead last in three-point attempts (28.4) and three-pointers made (9.9), so they need a consistent three-point threat. Josh Hart isn’t the greatest three-point shooter on the free-agent market, but he’s a consistent performer who outperforms the majority of the Spurs’ current lineup. After shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc during his rookie season, he is currently shooting 34.8 percent on average. Josh Hart had a career-high 46 percent shooting percentage from deep in college. With these figures, it’s easy to see what Josh Hart is capable of.
San Antonio has a lot of rebounding guards, and Josh Hart happens to be one of the greatest rebounding guards in the NBA right now. Despite coming off the bench much of the time last season, he averaged eight rebounds per game. If he’s paired with Dejounte Murray, who is always pounding the boards, the Spurs will dominate the glass.
Pop may also use Josh Hart in his lineup as a strong defensive player. The 6-foot-5 guard possesses a 6-foot-8 wingspan, which has helped him a lot when it comes to defending outside players.
Lauri Markkanen has the size and shooting ability that the Spurs need. The 7-foot Finnish national is a one-of-a-kind player who can play both center and power forward while draining threes over opponents’ extended arms. He averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds last season, shooting 48% from the field and 40% from 3-point range. The big man’s excellent shooting will aid the Spurs’ spacing and give the guards ample space to operate and drive to the basket, forcing opposition big men to pursue Markkanen beyond the arc.
The san antonio spurs draft rumors are a hot topic, and there is much speculation about what the Spurs will do with their future. There are 3 players that I think the Spurs should take a risk on in 2021.
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