The San Antonio Spurs will be fighting in a very different Western Conference soon enough
On a good year, the Western Conference is an absolute warzone. You only need to look at the top to bottom strength of the conference’s teams to see that. Just look at what happened in the bubble, the San Antonio Spurs and three other teams could have conceivably made the playoffs.
The 2020-21 season is sure to be even more tightly contested. Just think about what’s about to transpire this summer. The New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies will get more time to gel their young cores, the same can be said for the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves will add a number one overall pick to an offense that already has two All-Stars.
And the juggernaut of them all, the Golden State Warriors, will come into next season with a healthy Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Oh, and they’ll also have the second overall pick that they can either use on a top talent or as trade bait to bring another star to their already loaded team.
The rest of the West is going to have to find some way to respond to all of this. The free-agent class of 2021 might rearrange the balance of power across the league but right now let’s focus on three potential trades that could reshape the West before next season.