The San Antonio Spurs will reportedly target New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis this offseason.
The San Antonio Spurs have two stars in place, with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge as the leaders of the roster. They do not have a “Big 3” anymore, though, which was the case of the Tim Duncan-Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili era. Duncan has since retired and Parker and Ginobili are near the end of their respective careers.
Adding a third star to Leonard and Aldridge would create a three-headed monster to counter the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics and other teams that loaded up the top of their respective rosters. So, could this happen by the summer?
Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported the Spurs, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors all have an eye on New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis and may work the NBA Trade Deadline with consideration for a potential deal in the summer.
Davis has three years left on his contract, with a player option for the third season. As the GM that spoke to Deveney noted, his free agency is approaching fast and could make the Pelicans consider their future soon.
As for the Spurs, they would be an interesting fit in this equation. The price will probably be high to get someone of Davis’ caliber, with young assets and contracts to offset his salary as necessary parts of a potential trade. That could work by using Pau Gasol’s $16 million salary for 2018-19 as a building block, and young pieces and picks attached. Whether the Pelicans even consider a deal that resembles this remains to be seen, if they trade him at all.
Davis’ sweepstakes could create one of the offseason’s most intriguing storylines. It’s just five months away, too, so this may not be the last time everyone hears of this.