6 Free agents Spurs should have on early radar for 2023-24 season

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Jordan Poole (Restricted Free Agent)

This is where things start to become less and less realistic, albeit not completely impossible. I think the chances are quite high that the Warriors and Jordan Poole come to a deal on an extension some point before this coming October 17, but if extension talks slip into restricted free agency next summer, things could get dicey for the Warriors very quickly, particularly if Poole has another MIP-worthy season.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record at this point, this is yet another "who's getting paid" situation. This time around, the Warriors will need to decide who's getting paid between Poole, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins, as it will be highly unlikely (if not completely impossible) to keep all four players on the roster beyond the upcoming season. In short, if I'm forced to guess now, Moses Moody's Summer League performance along with the Warriors' choice to select Toledo's Ryan Rollins in the draft leads me to believe the team may be preparing for Poole's exit.

While Poole would only add to the Spurs' already overflowing backcourt depth, the fact is that he would likely immediately come in as the team's top scorer and is certainly young enough to improve even more. Considering the Spurs were reportedly interested in selecting Poole in the same draft where the team selected Keldon Johnson, this could be the team's best opportunity to bring him to San Antonio.

Is this a likely outcome? I would say no, but if he and the Warriors can't come to a deal this October, it would be a mistake to count him out.