Ranking the free agents who may take a pay cut to sign with the Spurs

There will be quality free-agent options for the Spurs to look at soon; it is a matter if they are willing to take less money to join Victor Wembanyama and company.
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1. Paul George

Arguably the biggest name on this list, Clippers forward Paul George could be in a new uniform next season. George, now 34, is coming off of another quality season where he finished with over 22 points per game, shooting 47% from the field and 90.7% from the free-throw line. George also played over 70 games this past season, which is something he has not done since his last season in Oklahoma City in 2019. Overall, 2023 was a great year for George.

With stagnant extension discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers, George is gaining interest from a lot of teams.

On the court, George's ability to contribute on both ends of the floor would mesh well for San Antonio, especially with Wembanyama. The pick-and-roll scheme between these two players specifically would be dangerous with George's ability to score at all three levels. This duo could be one of the best one-two punches in the Western Conference.

San Antonio's Devin Vassell has been looked at as the team's second option, and rightfully so. However, with George in town, Vassell is immediately the third option, which could benefit him further as a player. PG's presence helps get open shots for others instead of trying to create on their own. A Wembanyama-George-Vassell trio could make things exciting in San Antonio and give coach Gregg Popovich another great trio to work with as he nears retirement.

George's contract demands would be the biggest reason for this move to not happen. Yet, chances are, George could fall into the same trap as before, where he has to share the spotlight or form a big three. Most contending teams already have a good core of stars in place; George would see no drastic change going to a big-market team.

In San Antonio, while he will not take over Wembanyama's place within the franchise, George's role in San Antonio is much bigger than in other places. That alone could be a reason George decides to join the Spurs, and if that happens, the team is one step closer to becoming a contender again.