The San Antonio Spurs play the draft better than nearly any NBA team. They’re so adept at finding talent that other teams overlook. This year, it looks as though they may have a few tricks up their sleeve.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders is reporting that the Spurs are exploring the chance of moving up in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. They currently have the 29th overall pick in the first round.
Without any second round pick this year, the Spurs were going to be forced to rely on the impact from only the player chosen at number 29.
No deal is necessarily imminent, but it’ll be interesting to see what they’re going to give up to advance in the draft if a deal does materialize.
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They might end up packaging their current pick with a pick in the future to move up the first round, or they may wish to trade one of the veterans on their roster to a team with enough cap space to take on the contract of the given player.
Whether the Spurs move up from the 29th pick or add a second first round pick through some type of transaction remains to be seen.
The last time the Spurs decided to move up in the draft was in 2011, and it was a huge success. They trade George Hill to the Indiana Pacers for the number 15 pick to select Kawhi Leonard out of San Diego State.
Leonard went on to become the NBA Finals MVP as well as a back-to-back defensive player of the year.
The Spurs have a fantastic track record with the draft. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a specific player they’re targeting, because with their eye for talent, there’s a great chance that he’ll become a future NBA star.