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Spurs: Answering 3 Burning questions before NBA free agency

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3. Can we expect a big name to join the Spurs this offseason?

After the Murray trade, I would approach this question without a lot of optimism. You can't be let down if you don't expect the world -- and expecting Deandre Ayton in San Antonio almost seems too good to be true.

Still, as I just mentioned, the Spurs now stand as the team that can afford to offer a max deal to the talented 6-11 center with some shuffling. If the latest reports are to be believed, him agreeing to sign the offer sheet could mean they've bagged their guy, but SA would have to be willing to pay up. But doing so doesn't seem to make sense after the Spurs already just decided they don't want to pay Murray his max value in a couple of years.

Personally, I would've leaned toward building the roster around Dejounte and Ayton if they had a chance to get him, but the trade seems to tell me the Spurs already knew Ayton wasn't going to join them.

Other big names the Spurs have often been paired with in rumors are Zach LaVine and Miles Bridges, but the latest talk indicates both are headed back to their respective teams for big paydays. It's hard to see anyone with star power like these guys want to join a fully rebuilding team at this stage.

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When NBA free agency officially begins on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET, be prepared for even more fireworks.