3 Free Agent targets the Spurs should pursue this offseason
The San Antonio Spurs are in the middle of another early vacation after a fourth consecutive season of missing the playoffs. Although they slipped to the bottom of the league standings during the first year of their all-out rebuild, the front office could have over $40M in cap space this summer, so how about we explore three free agents they can spend that cash on?
1. Cam Johnson
The Spurs were one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league this season, and the name Cam Johnson should be on their radar. The 27-year-old forward has fantastic off-ball shot versatility, nailing 40.4% of his triples as he spots up, relocates, and utilizes screens to create open looks for himself in transition and within the flow of the half-court offense.
Johnson may not have a reputation as a respected defender, but he holds his own versus frontcourt bruisers and contains smaller perimeter players. Though his steals and blocks numbers are fine, his impact stems from not committing fouls and being in the right place at the right time. The fourth-year contests shots well with his length and makes timely rotations.
Though he is a restricted free agent this summer, San Antonio has enough cap space to present Johnson with an offer sheet that may force the Nets to think twice before matching. He could command $20M annually, a lofty price tag for a non-star. With that said, Cam is starter material, and a late-season surge in Brooklyn suggests he might have untapped upside.
The six-eight marksman averaged 18.1 points on outlandish .568/.463/.947 shooting splits over his last eight games, showcasing an extended scoring repertoire as he experimented in the midrange. His flashes of craft around the rim and self-creation were encouraging for a player that mainly leaned on others to get him the ball during the first three years of his career.