5 Players the Spurs should pursue with Team USA ties to Pop

Men's Basketball Medal Ceremony: Day 15
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1. Kevin Durant closes career on title run with Wembanyama

A few things we know about Kevin Durant - he's never been afraid to march to the beat of his own drummer, he wants more rings before he calls it a career, and he's got a good relationship with Gregg Popovich from his deep Team USA connections.

All of that said, is a late-career reunion with Pop in San Antonio that far out of the question? Durant will be up for a new contract in 2026. Will the salary-capped Phoenix Suns be able to pay him what he wants and still field a competitive roster? Will their experiment with Durant, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton even work well enough for Durant to be interested in staying in Phoenix by the time he's a free agent again? It's really far too soon to tell.

But you cannot say with 100% certainty that Durant won't get frustrated with the Suns' inability to win a ring with their new superteam and look for greener pastures when he's ready to hit free agency again. He's done it before. Why wouldn't he do it again?

By 2026 the Spurs should have built a contender around Wembanyama and should be a fixture in the playoffs. Can you imagine how good they might be if they paired the two ultra-unique talents together?

It's an unlikely pipe dream but one that we can't discount entirely. Durant will do whatever he thinks is best as he winds down his career. If that means giving a title push with Wembanyama a try then the Spurs shouldn't hesitate to sign him to one last big deal.


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