1. Fred VanVleet
The Spurs' biggest hole is at point guard, and there were VanVleet rumors this offseason. Houston was the only team with more cap space than San Antonio. The Rockets were determined to improve their roster, so they splashed a three-year $128.5 million contract on FVV. The final season is a team option, so the 6’1 guard got a two-year max contract.
The Spurs could give him more. It is a hefty price to pay for a fringe All-Star, but VanVleet is an elite scorer and playmaker. He would have taken offensive pressure off Victor Wembanyama and ensured the 7’3 rookie got open looks. FVV may not be a superstar, but the 29-year-old is a massive upgrade over Tre Jones.
San Antonio will regret not getting in on the bidding for Fred VanVleet when their offense is struggling. The Spurs finished 29th in offensive rating last season and will see plenty of forced shots from their prized rookie. FVV could have solved those issues, but San Antonio was unwilling to put their cash on the table.
The San Antonio Spurs expect to be back in the lottery in 2024, but Victor Wembanyama will be eager to jump into contention quickly. How does the front office remake their roster? Stay tuned to find out.