3) Chris Paul
With the Spurs having major cap space at one point during the summer and several expiring contracts, they seemed like a perfect landing spot for future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul. However, he was traded to the Washington Wizards and then the Golden State Warriors, while the Spurs continued to make smaller deals to rack up picks.
That may work out in the long term, but they should have seized upon the opportunity to trade for Paul, who has a long track record of improving teams and mentoring young players. Imagine him starting at point guard and tossing lobs to Wembanyama.
Instead, the Spurs have started Jeremy Sochan at point guard and struggle to get their best player the ball. Hindsight is 20/20, but San Antonio should have jumped at the chance to add Paul, even if this season is his final year in the NBA.
Having him could have helped this team make a sizeable leap forward instead of what is shaping up to be the worst season in franchise history. That might help the Spurs in the draft lottery, but challenging for the play-in tournament might have helped several young players experience winning in the NBA for the first time. Big missed opportunity.