San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

San Antonio Spurs: 5 Things to do the minute free agency begins

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2. The San Antonio Spurs must extend a max offer to John Collins

It no secret that just about everyone here at Air Alamo is high on acquiring John Collins this summer. As an athletic big who can shoot threes, move well, and is only 23 years old, he'd fill in what's missing on the Spurs perfectly.

Unfortunately, recent reports continue to hint that Collins and the Atlanta Hawks are likely to reach an agreement to continue their partnership, but that doesn't mean the Spurs shouldn't at least try. On July 22nd, The Athletic reported on the Hawks (subscription required) extending a qualifying offer to Collins but mentioned the Spurs as the number one team to watch as a potential poacher.

Over his four-year career, Collins is a 38 percent shooter from the outside and has become a reliable 17 point, 8 rebound performer on a nightly basis. Meanwhile, the Spurs were dead last in 3-point attempts last season and 24th in perimeter percentage.

Guys like Damian Lillard and Kawhi Leonard aren't going to come calling this summer, so you can probably let go of any hope that the Spurs will have a superstar on the roster for October's tipoff. But they're not far off from getting back to the postseason where they belong. Getting a starting power forward like Collins would do wonders for the team in many ways.

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