Fans of the San Antonio Spurs all know the drill by now. You'll begin hearing names like CJ McCollum "linked to the team" only to see them end up signing Garrison Mathews. As a small market team down south, the Spurs were already at a disadvantage even before all the stars decided to start forming superteams every season.
As frustrating as that has been over the years, I tend not to sulk about things out of my control. With an estimated $47 million to spend this summer, the Spurs won't be sulking either. While San Antonio doesn't have the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, money has always been a powerful motivator in the league.
I wouldn't go into these next few months expecting a triumphant return by Kawhi Leonard or someone like Mike Conley or Kyle Lowry to come knocking on the door. But San Antonio has never built their success on recruiting All-Stars or superstars in the first place.
The Spurs are in the process of developing a promising young nucleus all acquired via trades or the NBA Draft -- they just need some more help to get them to the next level.
Before I jump into some more realistic names to look out for, one note: I've already covered several of the bigger names Spurs fans have been pining for in recent weeks. You can find analysis of guys like John Collins, Richaun Holmes, Duncan Robinson, and Tim Hardaway Jr. in any of the various free agency columns we've previously written at Air Alamo.
The following 10 guys won't exactly turn the Spurs into an immediate contender, but they all at least offer something to a team in desperate need of patching up some glaring weaknesses. In no particular order, let the countdown begin.