As we approach the NBA Finals, the pool of teams to fall short and begin looking for some help this offseason continues to increase. The San Antonio Spurs, now three seasons removed from the playoffs, figure to be one of the more prominent players in all offseason aspects.
San Antonio has no choice but to be active in next month's draft, as they'll have four picks to utilize in some combination of adding to the roster, trading away, and draft-and-stashing. Although the draft and trades are avenues they'll use to improve, we can't underestimate the value of adding pieces via free agency that can help take the Silver and Black to the next level.
The two biggest names that at least have a sliver of a chance of heading to San Antonio are Zach LaVine, and Deandre Ayton, although I wouldn't put money down on either signing happening as it stands currently. Beyond poaching one of those guys, the Spurs will likely continue their rebuild by taking a couple of guys they feel can fit well in their system and contribute something they're missing.
There are some big-name free agents that could be nice pickups for San Antonio, but there are also a few that would move the team backward in their development. Here's a look at who the Spurs would be wise to avoid for one reason or another.
1. Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets)
There was a time in which I could see Miles Bridges being worth a big offer from San Antonio. That was mostly toward the tail-end of last year, when it was clear he was developing into an All-Star level player capable of being a gamechanger on the offensive end.
What has changed since then doesn't really have to do with his performance. He still averaged an impressive 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game for Charlotte last year. Where such a signing would hurt the Spurs, though, is in their wallets.
Given his big season, the expectation among NBA circles is that Miles should now be commanding a max contract or something close to it this summer. For Bridges, that figure of $173 million over five years would mean he's paid $34.6 million per season, which isn't the kind of money the Spurs just shell out for anybody.
Next season, All-Star Dejounte Murray is set to make $16.57 million as the highest-paid Spur. If San Antonio is going to more than double that for somebody, it needs to be for an established All-Star that helps significantly raise the team's floor on both ends.
If Bridges was taller and more of a two-way threat, he'd be worth a serious look. As it stands considering his rumored value, however, the Spurs need to steer clear.