San Antonio Spurs: Rumors have Daniel Theis as a target
By Josh Paredes
The San Antonio Spurs have the second-most cap space in the league heading into Monday's free agency tipoff and it's time for them to start using it. According to John Hollinger of The Athletic (subscription required), 6-8 Chicago Bulls center Daniel Theis is one name to look out for.
Calling Theis the "most prominent" target of the Spurs he's heard of so far, Hollinger also admits there aren't many rumblings coming from the San Antonio camp, which is par for the course.
After making $5 million per year over the last two years, Theis is now an unrestricted free agent in Chicago. Last season, the 29-year-old averaged 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Bulls in 23 games.
While Theis struggled from the outside in his limited time in the Windy City, he shot a respectable 34.5 percent as a Boston Celtic on five attempts per game. He would bring some spacing the Spurs have been missing in their frontcourt for a while.
Daniel also hustles on the glass and has a nose for keeping possessions alive with offensive boards. His 1.7 offensive rebounds per game in Chicago would've been second on the Spurs' roster behind Jakob Poeltl.
While I'm hoping the Spurs have much bigger plans in the works when the clock strikes 6 p.m. ET, getting a backup big in Theis for cheap wouldn't be a bad start to free agency. Still, he doesn't move the needle a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.
Obviously, stealing John Collins should be the Spurs' first priority on Monday, but that seems unlikely according to recent reports. Making offers to Lauri Markkanen or Bobby Portis also should be in the minds of the front office if they're serious about getting a stretch big as soon as possible.
Daniel Theis wouldn't be a bad pickup, but let's hope the Spurs are just being tight-lipped as they usually are and there's a lot more going on behind the scenes.