With multiple first round picks in year’s draft and their own second round pick, the San Antonio Spurs have plenty of options ahead of draft night.
The San Antonio Spurs changed the makeup of their franchise’s present and future when they sent a disgruntled Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.
Toronto is one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this year, so that pick will almost assuredly fall outside of the top-20 protection the Raptors put on it.
San Antonio is currently in the playoff picture, so neither of their first round picks are likely to fall in the lottery this year. However, they are still important assets and the Spurs have a few different ways they can use them.
Next: Draft players with both picks
Draft players with both picks
The simplest option for the Spurs in this situation is to keep their picks and draft two players near the end of the first round.
San Antonio has built their franchise around finding quality players late in the first round as they haven’t had a high draft pick since they selected Tim Duncan number one overall in 1997.
The Spurs have an outstanding staff of scouts that has been able to find talent with limited draft capital and San Antonio has one of the best player development systems in the world.
I have no doubt they could find another quality player again this season, even though this year’s draft class isn’t supposed to be very deep.
Here are our scouting reports of players who could be available in the Spurs’ draft slot this season:
Next: Trade for other draft picks
Trade for other draft picks
With a potentially underwhelming 2019 draft class coming in, the Spurs may want to package their two first round picks and acquire a more appealing pick either this year or in the future.
Trading up in the draft is more sensible in the NBA than the NFL because the pool of talent is much smaller and more exclusive.
The Spurs have some role players like Lyles that they could package in a trade, or they could try to cash in their two first round picks for a top-10 pick if they fall in love with a prospect.
This is usally not the way San Antonio operates, but it wouldn’t be much more out of character than the Kawhi Leonard trade of last offseason.
Next: Trade for an All-Star
Trade for an All-Star
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In today’s NBA, star players get sick of their current situation quite often and believe there are greener pastures elsewhere.
With the Celtics back in the mix this offseason, the Spurs probably can’t make the best offer for Anthony Davis.
However, the two first round picks in this year’s draft will give them ammunition to potentially pounce once the next All-Star wants a change of scenery.
I’m guessing the next candidate for a trade request is Karl Anthony-Towns, but we’ve seen trade demands come out of thin air in the case of Kyrie Irving in the summer of 2017.
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If we see that type of situation occur before the draft, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Spurs package their picks for a player who can help them maximize the window they’re currently in with DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge.