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3 Low-cost floor-spacing bigs Spurs should monitor

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2. Jalen Smith, Indiana Pacers

There were many rumors swirling around the Spurs and Jalen Smith throughout last fall, but the Phoenix Suns ultimately traded their young power forward plus a pick to the Indiana Pacers for Torrey Craig. Now there are some doubts that they'll be able to retain him during free agency.

In February, Nat Newell of Indy Star wrote how Smith playing well could actually make it less likely for him to return to Indiana, as they're limited in how much they could offer.

"By declining his third-year option, the Suns were, effectively, admitting they made a huge mistake selecting Smith." said Newell. "The move means Smith is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and freeing up his $4.7 million under the salary cap. But it also means the Pacers can only re-sign him for the figure of the original option."

Smith proceeded to average 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game through 22 games with the Pacers while knocking down 37.3% of his 3-point attempts. While a sample size of 83 attempts isn't a lot, his natural stroke looks promising, and his 76% free throw mark is an indication he can keep that up.

Smith only recently turned 22 and is a long 6-10 body capable of making impressive plays on both ends of the floor. If the Spurs feel like his promising flashes can be molded into something consistently special, he's definitely worth a look.

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