Fred VanVleet and 4 free agents the Spurs might regret not signing

The Spurs will have second thoughts about letting these free agents sign elsewhere.

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4. Coby White

The Spurs seemed like the perfect team to try to steal a restricted free agent away from their current situation. Getting a quality young talent with room to grow around Victor Wembanyama could have been a massive win that gives San Antonio another building block.

Fan thought they would target Austin Reaves, but even a maximum $98.7 million offer from another team may have been matched by the Lakers. Los Angeles did not want the 25-year-old to get away, and their desire kept other teams from making an offer.

Austin Reaves was not the only restricted free agent available. The Spurs needed backcourt help, and Coby White was likely available for the right price. Chicago re-signed him to a three-year $36 million contract, but his playing time has decreased two straight years and the Bulls are committed to other players. White is 23 years old and the best is still yet to come.

The Spurs could have signed a talented combo guard capable of averaging 17 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game in his prime. It would have taken a $15-plus million per season offer, but that will be the mid-level exception if the cap keeps rising. Letting Coby White stay with the Bulls was a missed opportunity for the San Antonio Spurs.