San Antonio Spurs reportedly expected to trade up for Goga Bitadze

By Andrew Ites
TBILISI, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 03: Goga Bitadze of Georgia shoots the ball during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifier match between Georgia and Israel at Tbilisi Sports Palace on December 3, 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images)
TBILISI, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 03: Goga Bitadze of Georgia shoots the ball during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifier match between Georgia and Israel at Tbilisi Sports Palace on December 3, 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images) /
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With the NBA Draft only hours away, rumors are swirling at top speed. This morning’s report from Jeremy Woo suggests the San Antonio Spurs are locked in on Goga Bitadze.

The San Antonio Spurs come into tonight’s draft with needs at the wing and big man position while their backcourt rotation seems pretty set after taking guards in the first round of the past three drafts.

Sports Illustrated draft analyst Jeremy Woo is reporting that there has been “persistent chatter in league circles over the past few days linking the Spurs to Georgian center Goga Bitadze.”

The Ringer’s current mock draft has San Antonio taking Bitadze with the 19th overall pick, but ESPN’s mock has him going 15th and Woo suggests that the Spurs may need to trade up if they want to get their guy.

Bitadze exploded for 20.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game with KK Mega Bemax in the Adriatic League last season.

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Those stats were put up in only an 11 game sample, but he posted similar numbers with the same squad during eight games in the Serbian KLS.

The 6’11” big man has a wingspan of 7’2″ which gives him defensive upside to go along with his well-developed offensive skills for a prospect who still hasn’t turned 20 yet.

Kendall Garriss compared Bitadze to Kristaps Porzingis in his full scouting report on the Georgian big man, and Kendall sent him to the Celtics with pick number 14 in our full first round mock draft.

The Spurs do have some ammunition to trade up a few spots if they are truly locked in on Bitadze, but hopefully they won’t have to give up more than a second round pick or two to get a deal done.

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