San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

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

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RJ Barrett (Restricted Free Agent)

I will be the first to tell you that former 3rd overall pick RJ Barrett leaving the Knicks is a highly unlikely scenario and that talking about him signing with the Spurs feels even more like writing about pie in the sky, but after seeing the Brooklyn Nets' slow, painful fall from grace--if you want to call it that--I think just about anything is possible.

After an impressive '20-21 season that saw the Knicks' first playoff run in years, the team found themselves right back in the lottery this past offseason. Despite a down season shooting from distance, and shooting in general, Barrett is one of few glimmers of long-term hope for the organization. He's yet another player on this list that I think could come to a deal on an extension with his team before the upcoming deadline, but at this point, it's far from certain.

Per Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, Barrett may be seeking a max contract extension as three others in his draft class (Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, and Darius Garland) have already received, but Knicks fans don't seem to agree on whether or not he deserves it. But after shelling out a whopping 4-year, $104 million contract to Jalen Brunson and a 4-year, $60 million contract to Mitchell Robinson, deciding not to pay Barrett would be perplexing at best and malpractice at worst.

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Being that Barrett is only 22 years old and averaged 20 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3 assists per game, regardless of any issues with efficiency, sending him a strong offer should be a no-brainer for the Spurs if they're given the opportunity.

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