Spurs' rumored free agency plans may underwhelm fans

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If you're holding out hope that the San Antonio Spurs will still make a big free agency splash this summer, you may be disappointed.

So far, the Silver and Black have been relatively quiet since they officially tipped off trade season with their blockbuster deal of Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks. Since then, they've picked up Isaiah Roby and Gorgui Dieng and have been tied to trade rumors involving Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving. Should we expect much more free agency movement from Brian Wright and the front office?

According to LJ Ellis of Spurstalk, probably not. In a column last week, he shared several details about current events surrounding the team and their plans. As he reveals, the Spurs were never interested in Deandre Ayton and didn't even inquire with Phoenix about him. The same is reportedly true about Collin Sexton of the Cavaliers.

The San Antonio Spurs appear to be punting toward next offseason

Rumblings suggest the most likely moves San Antonio could make in free agency this summer, if any, will be minor acquisitions of cheap contracts. In other words, don't expect a game-changing signing to happen out of nowhere as the Spurs look toward the 2022-23 season.

It became clear after the Murray trade that the short-term strategy for the Spurs is getting back to what got them so much success in the first place -- developing internally while hoping for that once-in-a-generation player to land in S.A.

In a perfect world, the Spurs would land French sensation Victor Wembanyama in the 2023 NBA Draft, but that would require them getting very lucky and landing the number one pick overall in the lottery. Even if San Antonio expectedly finishes in the bottom three in the league next season, they'd only have a maximum of a 14% shot at earning that spot.

Still, San Antonio will have mounds of cap space next summer to utilize and heaps of draft picks in the next few years with possibly more on the way. There will be plenty of ways to build up the roster if they miss out on Victor, but it'll involve nailing just about every draft pick they get.

While it might be frustrating to see the Spurs not use their money this offseason, it wouldn't make sense to go after a huge name ahead of a season in which San Antonio is all-but-guaranteed to finish with fewer than 30 wins.

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It's going to be a long season, especially for fans that haven't grown accustomed to losing, but in the end, the Spurs have a plan and an arsenal of weapons to execute it.