San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

3 Remaining free agents Spurs should target

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As the 2022 NBA offseason carries on, it’s getting clearer that the San Antonio Spurs will not use their cap space to field a competitive team in 2022-23. The Spurs are looking to go young and hit big in the loaded 2023 NBA Draft, so if this is the year they decide to tank, so be it. 

That being said, there are still some free agents out there who could help out the young guys or just make the team fun to watch at the very least. With most of the big-name players already under contract for the near future, the Spurs could make a smaller deal with a less talented player that would allow for them to be somewhat competitive next season, for the sake of the fans. 

With a fairly clear starting lineup of Joshua Primo, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, and Jakob Poeltl, the Spurs would not be adding a piece to help them win games per se, but a veteran addition could benefit the locker room, or a young flyer could end up being a decent piece as the Spurs rebuild. At the very least, making a move of any sort would help fans determine exactly what sort of plan the front office has moving forward. 

Zach LaVine, Bradley Beal, James Harden, and Jalen Brunson were the top free agents of the class, and the Spurs never met with any of them to discuss a deal. Deandre Ayton and Collin Sexton remain unsigned, but the odds of them playing for the Silver and Black grow slimmer every day.

At this point in the offseason, expect the Spurs to make no big splashes unless they trade Jakob Poeltl away. Other than that, the roster is largely complete, although there could be a few small additions here or there. 

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1. DeMarcus Cousins could be fun if he knows his role

DeMarcus Cousins is known for being a hothead and having some beef with Tim Duncan, but at age 31, that should be water under the bridge. He would go to San Antonio on a one or two-year deal for cheap, and it would be very clear that he is not there to play basketball.

Cousins would be added to train Jeremy Sochan. There was a time when Cousins was one of the best offensive bigs in the game, and he was one of the first modern centers to step back and hit the three-ball with some consistency. Sochan has the defensive side of the ball down, but his offensive upside concerns me. 

The ideal situation this summer would be for Cousins to sign a two-year deal with San Antonio that includes a team option for year two. That way the Spurs could monitor the progress Cousins makes with Sochan and see if he’s worth keeping around for the second season. It also allows the Spurs to use Cousins as a trade piece next offseason if he returns anywhere near to his old form. A protected first-round pick from a contender who needs center depth would be an excellent return. 

Cousins was never an elite defender, but that’s okay. Sochan already knows what he’s doing on that end of the floor, so Cousins would primarily teach him how to be a bully in the paint and create space for a jump shot. Cousins was good at that for a long time, and passing on those skills would be awesome. 

It’s not often that signing an 11-year veteran is a sensible move to build for the future, but on the right contract, Cousins could be moved for more assets or kept around to be a de facto coach.