Pass or Pursue: Top 10 NBA Center Free Agents in 2022

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8. Ivica Zubac (Team Option)

Height: 7-0
Age: 25

The LA Clippers' starting center for the past 3.5 seasons, Ivica Zubac has gotten a bit better each season, mostly making his presence known in the rebounding department. This summer, the Clippers will have the option to bring him back for another year on a $7.5 million salary. They could theoretically even offer him an extension and a raise if they really want to keep him around.

When I look at Zubac, I have to say I see a lot of Jakob Poeltl in what he would offer the Spurs. He keeps possessions alive and is a competent finisher inside, but he doesn't really have a jumper. He does shoot over 70% from the free throw line, though, so he has that edge. Overall, this would just be a lateral move and not address what San Antonio truly needs heading into next season.

Air Alamo Staff: 3 yes, 4 no
Verdict: Pass