The San Antonio Spurs may be in on both Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons and Willy Hernangomez of the New York Knicks.
The San Antonio Spurs have not made a deal at the NBA Trade Deadline since 2014, with the acquisition of Austin Daye for Nando De Colo. Otherwise, the Silver and Black’s deadline-day activity almost does not exist over the past 20-30 years.
On Feb. 8, the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline will be here. Does it mean the Spurs will make a move? No, but they have interest in players, including Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons and Willy Hernangomez of the New York Knicks, according to The Athletic (h/t Real GM).
The Pistons recently traded Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris in the Blake Griffin package, so pulling another player from their wing spot may be complicated. However, as of Jan. 31, according to Basketball Insiders, Detroit “ramped up efforts” to move Johnson.
The Arizona product has averaged 8.1 points on 36.2 percent shooting in 27.5 minutes per game in the 2017-18 season. It falls near his career numbers: 6.6 points on 36.6 percent shooting in 21.9 minutes per game.
As for Hernangomez, he flashed upside in his rookie season. However, due to the Carmelo Anthony trade, that brought Enes Kanter to the Knicks, this pushed the second-year pro to the end of the bench. Along with Kyle O’Quinn‘s emergence and Kristaps Porzingis‘ rise, it’s left little room for another player to surface.
For the Spurs, adding either one of these players bolsters depth at spots of need (another big man) or full of injuries (wing). Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and Joffrey Lauvergne are the team’s only true big men. Rudy Gay played the stretch four spot, but his right heel bursitis has kept him out since late December. Gay and Kawhi Leonard play the wing spots, too, but without the latter for most of the season, it’s left Kyle Anderson to shoulder most of the load.
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