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3 Free Agents the Spurs Need to Sign This Offseason

Isaiah De Los Santos
Three free agents the San Antonio Spurs should pursue this offseason.
Three free agents the San Antonio Spurs should pursue this offseason. / Ronald Cortes/Getty Images

The San Antonio Spurs are one of the more intriguing teams headed into the 2021 offseason. Besides the annual Gregg Popovich retirement questions, this roster could see a major shakeup with key veterans like DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay headed to unrestricted free agency.

That also means San Antonio may have top-five cap space this summer to make a splash. Here's three free agents the Spurs could sign this offseason.

Spurs Free Agent Targets 2021

3. Richaun Holmes

Just because the Spurs have money this summer doesn't mean they need to spend it. With the most interesting available big men entering restricted free agency, San Antonio may not want to overpay. That makes Richaun Holmes an intriguing option. The unrestricted free agent had a career year in 2020-21, averaging his best marks in points (14.2), rebounds (8.3) and blocks (1.6) per game for the Sacramento Kings. At 27 years old, Holmes doesn't have the intrigue of sky-high potential like younger free agents, but he'd still be a solid frontcourt addition to strengthen the Spurs' frontcourt alongside Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl. He makes sense as a possible affordable target if the Spurs decide to run it back with most of their vets.

2. Lauri Markkanen

If San Antonio does decide to spend in free agency, throwing an offer sheet at Lauri Markkanen is one way to give them a scoring boost. The Spurs' offense averaged the 11th-fewest PPG (110.9) in the league this season, which isn't going to be enough if they want to keep up with the firepower in the Western Conference. That's where Markkanen could immediately help, as he's averaged 15.6 PPG over his first four NBA seasons. The stretch big would also add another element to the Spurs' offensive attack as a career 36.6% shooter from 3-point land (including 40.2% this season). The Finnish power forward's development has hit a wall on the Chicago Bulls, so they could be willing to let him walk in restricted free agency. However, there's no doubt Gregg Popovich and company could unleash Markkanen's true potential in San Antonio.

1. John Collins

Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins will be in demand this offseason as he hits restricted free agency. Collins' future with his current team is unclear as well given trade rumors that popped up earlier in the year. The fourth-year power forward would immediately step in as one of the Spurs' top scoring options. He followed up an average of 21.6 PPG last year with 17.6 PPG (in fewer minutes) this season, showcasing that he's capable of as a focal point of an offense. Collins would boost the Spurs' rebounding presence with his career 8.4 RPG, and he has potential to improve on defense after recording 1.6 and 1.0 BPG over the past two seasons. Collins will command a hefty payday, and there's a chance Atlanta opts to match any offer, but there's no doubt Collins is a perfect emerging talent to grow alongside the Spurs' young nucleus of guard talent.

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