3 High-upside free agents for the San Antonio Spurs
If Bruce Brown, Grant Williams, and Cam Johnson feel a bit too safe for your taste when it comes to possible free-agent acquisitions, thankfully, I expect the Spurs to have a few bigger swings on their radar as well. A bit more so than the aforementioned players, perhaps outside of Cam Johnson, a big component of whether or not the following three players will be realistic targets for the Spurs next offseason will come down to how much their respective teams will be willing to pay for them.
Rui Hachimura (Restricted Free Agent)
Many seem to have forgotten about Wizards forward Rui Hachimura with recency bias seemingly favoring Deni Avdija and Johnny Davis, but I won't be too surprised to see him have a bit of a breakout season barring any injuries or other setbacks. Despite his absence for nearly half of the season, Hachimura was highly efficient on offense this past year, shooting just under 45% from three and about 72% around the rim.
With that in mind, though, many seem to question whether or not he can repeat that efficiency for a full season, particularly to the point where he's able to outplay someone for a starting spot. If Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, and Kristaps Porzingis continue to improve (in Avdija's case) or remain effective (in Kuzma and Porzingis' case), it's difficult to imagine that Hachimura will play his way into the starting lineup.
With Bradley Beal now locked into a max contract, Avdija, Kuzma, and Porzingis all being eligible for an extension after the '23-24 season, and the continued development of Corey Kispert and Johnny Davis on the horizon, the Spurs could be a team that offers Hachimura more than the Wizards are comfortable with paying. If Hachimura can come close to replicating his efficiency from last year and stay consistent on defense, don't be surprised if the Spurs push for him.