Scenario 2: The San Antonio Spurs are aggressive
In this scenario, San Antonio seeks to land a big free agent to try and accelerate their rebuild and make a run at the playoffs next season. The Spurs still re-sign Mills and Bates Diop to the same deals though let DeMar, Gorgui, and Rudy leave. The Spurs then aggressively pursue John Collins in restricted free agency, as well as Markkanen. The Spurs ultimately sign John to a 4-year, $110 million offer sheet, a strategic overpay which would use up almost all of their remaining cap, but would also keep Atlanta from matching.
Considering his age and talent level, Collins would be an excellent long-term fit, though could also help San Antonio compete next season. The 23-year-old power-forward would provide the team with a highly-skilled offensive player who can both score in the paint and from the perimeter. Additionally, he pairs well with the Spurs young starting lineup, providing an athletic offensive threat with some defensive potential.
That said, he would benefit from playing alongside Murray, White, Johnson, and Jakob Poeltl, who are at least capable defensive players. Furthermore, with internal development from Dejounte, White, and Keldon, better shooting, and a deeper team, San Antonio could conceivably make the playoffs next season.
San Antonio Spurs Projected Roster
Murray, White, Johnson, Collins, Poeltl
Mills, Walker, Vassell, Samanic, Eubanks,
Jones, Primo, Wieskamp, Bates-Diop