6 'Spurs culture' free agents that might suddenly want to sign with San Antonio

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No. 5: Kevin Love, Miami Heat

Victor Wembanyama is the epitome of a modern big man, comfortable spacing the floor out to the 3-point line, putting the ball on the deck and slamming it home inside. The idealized version of Wembanyama is not only hitting 3-pointers and blocking shots but also inhaling rebounds and using his gravity to get teammates open shots.

Kevin Love is the perfect veteran to bring in to teach Wembanyama the tricks of the stretch-big trade. He transitioned into that role in order to win alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland and it worked, winning the franchise and Love a title in 2016. He is one of the league's best rebounders even as he ages into the twilight of his career, with his ability to clean the glass crucial to the Miami Heat advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals after joining them late in the season on the buyout market.

Love probably represents the most difficult fit with the Spurs culture. On the one hand he is a proven winner, has an affable nature that is well-liked by teammates, and has been not only active in his community but outspoken about the needs for players to seek mental health care in addition to physical care. On the other hand, he clearly grew frustrated with years of losing in Cleveland after LeBron abandoned him, sometimes letting the frustration seep out into immature behavior on the court.

Playing for a head coach like Gregg Popovich probably nips any of that in the bud, and Love would be an excellent fit as a low-minute veteran on the court and a mentor off the court.