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Spurs: 3 players who would be massive mistakes to sign as free agents

Apr 22, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) shares a laugh with teammates before the game against the Detroit Pistons at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) shares a laugh with teammates before the game against the Detroit Pistons at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 29, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics player Evan Fournier during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Fournier and the San Antonio Spurs don’t make sense together

When the San Antonio Spurs were rumored to be considering moving DeMar DeRozan at the trade deadline, I wasn’t opposed to the idea of adding Evan Fournier if the Spurs and Magic made a sensible deal. But as a free agent acquisition, I’m way out on the idea of adding Mr. Never Google.

Fournier’s got a strong, well-rounded game. But he doesn’t do anything better than anyone on the Spurs right now and if they’re going to re-sign a veteran shooting guard I’d much rather have it be DeMar DeRozan.

Fournier is a near 40 percent three-point shooter when he’s on and while that is something the San Antonio Spurs could certainly use, it’s not something they necessarily need at this point. Dejounte Murray has made improvements from behind the arc, Lonnie Walker is coming into his own as a gunner off the bench, and Devin Vassell has the look of a lights-out shooting threat.

As a playmaker, Fournier isn’t bad. But he’s certainly no DeMar DeRozan. And as he’s already making $17 million this year, he’s not a whole lot cheaper either. It’s less than the Spurs would have to pay DeMar but this is a case where I would much rather see the team pay up for better talent than save some money on this position to spend a little bit more filling out their frontcourt.

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The San Antonio Spurs are going to have the cap flexibility to go after whoever they want this summer. But if they want to get started on the next era of Spurs basketball on a good note they should think twice before going after these three players.

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