Pass or Pursue: Top 10 NBA Free Agents in 2022

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6. Miles Bridges (Restricted)

Although he ended up dropping off a bit, there's a reason Miles Bridges was considered a frontrunner for the NBA Most Improved Award for much of the year. The 6-6 forward shot up in the three main categories -- 12.7 to 20.2 points, 6.0 to 7.0 rebounds, and 2.2 to 3.8 rebounds -- while missing just two games this season.

From his highlight-worthy thunderous dunks to his sweet stroke from the floor and free throw line, there's a lot to love about the 24-year-old. As I covered recently, however, seriously pursuing Bridges would almost certainly be expensive.

Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer expects a team will offer Miles a five-year, $173 million max contract, which averages out to $34.6 million per year.

For San Antonio to dish out that kind of dough to someone, he needs to be the embodiment of what they need on the floor. Unfortunately, a 6-6 forward doesn't fulfill their biggest need for a versatile, tall, switchable big man. He'd be a nice addition and match Dejounte Murray in talent, but all signs point to him costing way too much to seriously pursue.

Verdict: Pass