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

Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors and Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors and Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks / John Fisher/GettyImages
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No. 1: Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

From one Bucks forward to another, our list comes full-circle with Khris Middleton headlining. The three-time All-Star will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he is expected to be courted by anyone with cap space around the league. Could the Spurs hope to compete for Middleton's services?

There is no question that Middleton is an exceptional player, a perfect complement to Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee. He is a 38.8 percent 3-point shooter for his career and is comfortable taking and making difficult shots. He is a good passer, a solid defender and has plenty of championship experience.

The Spurs hope that Wembanyama is one day a top-10 player in the league and a dominant scorer, but he won't be when he first starts out. Having a true No. 1 star to take those scoring reps early on would seem like a great path to long-term success, allowing Wembanyama to develop and then take the reigns as Middleton ages and slides back into his co-star role that he played alongside another freakishly gifted European big man.

Khris Middleton isn't likely to come to the Spurs. Neither is Fred VanVleet, or Harrison Barnes. But by winning the first pick in the draft and, ultimately, drafting the most dominant draft prospect since LeBron James, the Spurs are now in the conversation for any free agent on the market. Very soon, the Spurs will be a capital-D destination; who will want to join in at the start?

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