3 Best candidates for the Spurs to target with their mid-level exception

The Spurs should add one of these talents with their exception.
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2. Luke Kennard

The Spurs desperately need shooting around Victor Wembanyama. They finished 28th in 3-point percentage last season but were 11th in attempts. San Antonio wants to shoot and needs the floor spacers to knock them down.

Chris Paul and Harrison Barnes should provide a significant boost. The 6’8 forward shot 38.7 percent on 4.4 attempts per game during his five-plus seasons in Sacramento. Only 62 players took more threes last season, and Barnes still made them at an elite rate. CP3 is a historic shot-creator and will find his open teammates. The Spurs lacked a true point guard for significant stretches, but those boosts are not enough.

Kennard is one of the league’s best marksmen. He is a career 43.9 percent 3-point shooter and has twice led the NBA. The 28-year-old took over six attempts per game last season and made 45.0 percent of them. He was limited to 39 games because of injury, but Kennard is healthy and eager to join a contender.

Can the San Antonio Spurs convince Luke Kennard to sign with them for the room exception? Many expect him to return to the Grizzlies, but they have been unable to work out a new contract. It still may happen. The door is open for some team to swoop in, and the Spurs have the best young talent in the world. It was enough to convince CP3 and may get Kennard too.