Bradley Beal, Player Option
Bradley Beal is one of the best shooting guards in the league and can score 30 points a night easily from anywhere on the floor. In terms of star power in the upcoming free-agent class, names like Beal, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, James Harden, Zach LaVine, and Russell Westbrook stand out.
John Wall is injured constantly and maybe totally washed. Kyrie Irving is crazy. LaVine and Westbrook probably will resign with their current teams, and James Harden is the antithesis of everything I stand for.
That leaves Bradley Beal, a three-level scorer who also fights for rebounds, dishes some assists (even more when he has real teammates!) and plays decent defense. Currently receiving a salary of $35 million, the Spurs would have to offer him that to even make him consider signing with San Antonio.
Luckily, if the Spurs move on from all their upcoming free agents, they can definitely make that offer. This would mean parting with Lonnie Walker IV, but Derrick White would be moved to the bench in favor of Beal, boosting the second unit.
How good would a Beal-led Spurs squad be? Well, if Murray keeps playing at the level he’s blossomed to and Keldon Johnson can still get touches, this team could very easily be one of the favorites in the Western Conference.
Murray, Johnson, and Poeltl provide bruising defense, and Vassell and McDermott can knock down threes from the corner. Beal just has to drive the offense, much like he does in Washington, just with much better support staff.
It would be one of the biggest signings in Spurs’ history, but it’s totally plausible that San Antonio could snag an All-Star and one of the best scorers in the league.