San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

San Antonio Spurs: Cash or pass 4 role player free agents

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We're less than three weeks away from the start of free agency, and the San Antonio Spurs should have their eyes peeled. While there are some big names hitting the market come August 2nd, it's more likely that the Spurs will poach some role players than land a major star this summer.

I've previously looked at some potential options from both conferences to give my assessment of who should be on the team's radar. With dozens of further options out there, it's time to take a look at more guys who may be getting some attention from teams looking to round out their roster.

With the help of some Spurs fans on Twitter, I gathered a few more names that San Antonio might show interest in pursuing this offseason to do a deeper dive. Without further adieu, let's look at who could be worth the Spurs' making an offer to before the 2022 season.

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1. Harry Giles, C, Portland Trail Blazers

The first free agent on the list is Portland's 6-11 center, Harry Giles. Once a high school phenom, an unfortunate ACL tear in his senior year severely altered the bright future of the highest-ranked player in the 2016 high school class.

The Portland Trail Blazers drafted Giles 20th overall in 2017 after he spent one season at Duke in which he averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. On draft night, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings, where he played his first two seasons.

Ongoing rehab and training to prevent further damage to his ACL's kept Giles out for 2017-18, but he ultimately became a serviceable big man for the Sacramento Kings for two seasons until they declined his option in 2020 and he rejoined the team that drafted him.

It's hard to have a full scope of what Giles can bring to the table when you consider he only played 9.2 minutes per game with the Blazers last season. In reviewing some highlights, though, he appears to have decent defensive instincts and better lateral quickness defending the perimeter than any of the Spurs' current centers.

I asked @AllDaySportTalk, who's kept a closer eye on Giles' career, to scout the 22-year-old. "He’s got a really advanced handle for his size and can theoretically score in a lot of different ways," said Gabe. "He's a smart and fairly versatile defender too but won’t ever be elite."

While I admittedly haven't seen much in-game action from Giles, his size, versatility, and potential make him an interesting option. When you consider he'll only command a couple million dollars at most given his lack of playing time so far, he's worth making an offer if the Spurs would like some big man insurance.

Verdict: Cash

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