2025's class of free agents could be major factor for Spurs 2024 decisions

With a more talented free agent class in 2025, waiting to sign free agents could be the smarter move for the San Antonio Spurs.
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The future for San Antonio is bright, thanks to hefty draft capital, the ongoing development of their young roster, and the stardom of Victor Wembanyama. However, it is unlikely that they will be in championship contention next year. While they may get closer, it will likely take a couple more years for them to reach that level.

As a result, rushing to sign free agents this summer may backfire. Waiting to spend money until next summer, when the pool of free agents is wider, could be the way to go.

Let's highlight a few guards, forwards, and centers who will be unrestricted free agents (UFA) next summer and could be in play for San Antonio.

Waiting for the 2025 free agent class could be the better option


1) Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray has been an exceptional second option for the Denver Nuggets since he joined the team. However, history shows that most secondary options tend to leave their teams in search of a bigger role elsewhere. As a result, a Murray-San Antonio deal makes sense.

While Wembanyama will always be the first option, Murray's role in San Antonio would be greater than the one he plays in Denver. Murray could get the ball more in a San Antonio offense, making this a preferred destination. Having the chance to play under a great coach like Gregg Popovich could be another factor. Overall, Murray could be the point guard of the future and a great option for San Antonio next year.

2) Terrance Mann

Los Angeles Clippers guard Terrance Mann has been a big part of the team's success since he's been in town. While not considered a superstar, his contributions have gone unnoticed and what he brings to the table can still uplift a team.

A solid two-way player who plays with a high motor could give the Spurs a nice spark mid-game or be the guy to make a game-saving play. Role players are important for a team to have any success, making Mann a high-value signing next summer.

3) D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Russell is known to get hot at any moment on the court. His scoring ability and willingness to control the offense efficiently seem to always put his name on NBA general managers' wish lists. Next summer, Spurs GM Brian Wright could be the next one to add Russell to his list.

Whether Russell starts or comes off the bench, San Antonio's offense would improve. In addition to his scoring ability, Russell would also make a great pick-and-roll option. Together with Wembanyama, the two would form a strong duo. If the money is right, this would be an excellent move for the team in 2025.