1. Miles Bridges
Without a doubt the most electrifying name on this list, Miles Bridges is set to earn a big-time payday, and it could very well be the Spurs writing the check for him.
Famous among NBA fans for his jaw-dropping dunks, Bridges' game is no longer rooted in his athleticism alone. This season, he expanded his offensive approach, becoming smarter and more aggressive when attacking downhill and getting to the rim. He cemented himself as a Most Improved Player candidate, upping his scoring average from 12.7 to 20.2 points per game.
Last summer, Bridges' agent convinced him not to sign an extension with the Charlotte Hornets worth roughly $60M over four years. It was a wise decision, as he'll now undoubtedly command a larger contract thanks to his All-Star level performance in 2021-22.
The Hornets will likely extend a qualifying offer to Bridges (worth approx. $7.9M), giving him the option to seek deals from other teams, for which the Hornets can match if they so choose. For San Antonio to sign him, they'll have to offer more money than Charlotte is comfortable matching. Fortunately, they're expected to have ample cap space this summer.
If the Spurs let Lonnie Walker IV walk this summer, their projected cap space would rise to around $27M, with the potential for that number to increase even more based on other moves. With the ball in their court, the Spurs should swing for the fences and try to sign one of the most exciting young forwards in the league.