If the San Antonio Spurs were to pair up with the Boston Celtics for a trade, would any of their available players fit the roster?
Outside of Patty Mills, the San Antonio Spurs have stayed quiet in NBA free agency. They still have their own sitting on the open market like Jonathon Simmons, Dewayne Dedmon, and David Lee.
What if the Spurs turned their attention to available players from the Boston Celtics? According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Roman Shelburne, after giving Gordon Hayward a 4-year, $128 million deal, the Celtics are looking to unload at least one of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder to clear cap space.
Given that the Spurs don’t have clear-cut cap room for most, if not all three players, some financial maneuvering may have to be done. Aside from that, would there even be a fit on the current roster?
The guard position became a position of change for the San Antonio Spurs over the past few seasons. It saw the emergence of Danny Green as the starting two-guard, along with the drafting of Dejounte Murray and Derrick White.
If the Spurs were to acquire Marcus Smart, he would just be the latest young piece to this group of guards. If anything, he may be the most intriguing and likely piece to be moved to San Antonio, if the Celtics were to consider a trade with them.
Smart is only owed $4.5 million for next season, which fits into the $13 million of cap space. It’s for just one more season, as well, so he could come cheaper.
However, the lesser price comes with the inconsistent production in Boston. Smart excelled as a defender, something that could turn him into a role player on Gregg Popovich’s bench. He’s a tough, hard-nosed player that’s sometimes out of control on the offensive end.
Why is this the case? Well, Smart shot just 35 percent from the field and 28 percent on 3-pointers. This came in 30.5 minutes of play in the 2016-17 season, along with 4.2 3-point attempts per game. For someone to shoot them that often, only to make just over one-quarter of them, is concerning. Nearly half of his shots came from beyond the arc, too.
By bringing in Smart, Popovich would have to reel his shot closer to the basket and make him a role player. That’s not an ideal spot for a player that got selected at No. 6 overall in 2014, but with the defensive skills already there, the Oklahoma State product can work off the bench. If his 3-point shot can be contained, then there’s a chance of making him a more efficient player.