San Antonio Spurs: 4 Shooters to Add in Free Agency
A Pricey Ball Handler and First-Option Scorer: Tim Hardaway Jr
I think that outside of John Collins, Tim Hardaway Jr. should be the Spurs’ first option in free agency this summer. After playing with Luka Doncic, Hardaway has blossomed into one of the better wings in the league.
Paired with a great facilitator like Dejounte Murray, Hardaway would fit right in. His three-point shooting percentage is not quite as good as Robinson’s, but at 39% it’s still above the team and league average.
Hardaway is also a good athlete that can also run the floor. Playing with a slower Doncic, he never really got the chance to do that often, but the Spurs' young core would definitely be able to keep up with him. He handles the ball well, only turning it over about once per game, and is a versatile offensive weapon, using his six-foot-five frame to shoot over forwards from midrange while also being able to knock down three-pointers.
By the end of last season, he took the second-most three-pointers a game for the Mavs, right behind Doncic. Of the four players featured on this list, Hardaway scored the most points per game. While he would probably make the most significant impact out of all these options, it also means San Antonio will have to shell out some cash to sign him, being that his value on the market is the highest it’s ever been. Is it worth passing on Collins to get Hardaway? Absolutely not, but he’s a good second choice behind the young power forward.
Signing Hardaway would rock the entire starting lineup. It would likely place both Derrick White and Lonnie Walker IV on the bench, and possibly even make either player expendable. That being said, giving up either player for a veterant that's only one year shy of 30 years old and likely at his ceiling would not be worth it, and Hardaway would need to have an honest discussion with the Spurs' front office about where he expects to fit into the rotation.
Is San Antonio ready for a shake-up like this? Perhaps not, but it would immediately help to solve the team's shooting problem. I think Hardaway would be a positive and welcome addition, even if it would take some adjustment.