With the NBA Trade Deadline less than a week away, the San Antonio Spurs have the option to make one of these trades to embrace their youth.
Embracing a tank doesn’t sound like the San Antonio Spurs even though there’s a solid case to be made that it’s the right way to proceed. Sitting at the ninth spot in the Western Conference with a strong young core in place and all of their future draft assets intact, the future is seemingly bright. For the most part, the team’s cap space is wide-open after next season and what comes next lays in the hands of franchise architect Gregg Popovich and general manager Brian Wright.
Though it doesn’t seem likely for the team to go all-in on the future instead of taking advantage of what they have in place now, it’s not out of the question. With three young guards – Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Lonnie Walker IV – carrying a large portion of the two-way workload for the Spurs, the writing is on the wall for San Antonio’s youth to take over soon.
The February 6 NBA Trade Deadline is full of possibilities, and players become available that you may not have ever expected to come out of the woodwork before. Teams become desperate and careful decision-making gets tested against the pressure of an impending time-limit.
There are lots of teams throughout the league that have been stuck in rebuilds for years, trying to claw their way back into the playoffs to no avail. Either their player development hasn’t panned out, injuries derail their plans or their front offices and coaches simply fail to meet the industry standard.
Whatever the reason may be, young guys become available sooner than some may think and the Spurs need to pounce on those opportunities. If San Antonio plays its cards right, it could end up with a decent return on one of its aging stars in DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Here are three deals that could potentially get done in the next week to help the Spurs get younger.