In a recent article aimed at unleashing young talent in rough positions, Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes sent Caris LeVert to the San Antonio Spurs.
Having the current-day San Antonio Spurs come up in discourse by national media is about as common as Bigfoot appearances these days. Unless Bigfoot starts signing autographs at a local Wingstop or the San Antonio Spurs upset someone major in the playoffs, neither of those things are going to become more common any time soon.
That’s why it was particularly interesting to see Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes bring up the San Antonio Spurs as a trade destination for Brooklyn Nets star Caris LeVert. I’ve been the conductor of this train since the moment that the KD/Kyrie ordeal turned from mystery to reality, so I’m glad to see it catching on in this internet space.
During his piece entitled ‘Trades That Would Unleash Potential NBA Superstars,’ Hughes proposed a simply hypothetical move that the San Antonio Spurs would be wise to accept.
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If the San Antonio Spurs are to move on from DeMar DeRozan in a mid-season deal, this has to be the way to do it. Not only do the Spurs get a young, budding superstar with solid shot-creation ability and the approach of a leader, but they do so on a reasonable contract. Plus, they’d bring in a hometown product, Taurean Prince, whose name has come up in conversations in the Spurs online community a handful of times.
Regardless, the main draw here is LeVert as the starting small forward of the future in a lineup that presumably features himself, Dejounte, Derrick, Keldon and Aldridge with Walker off the bench. It’s a solid lineup that will remain competitive in the immediate future while building toward something more concrete in the future.
At 26-years-old, LeVert aligns perfectly with White, who’s in line for a contract extensions this offseason. Though he’s still relatively young, LeVert would be a great leader for the Spurs’ young core as someone with experience in high-intensity games as the go-to guy. Even though he has yet to make an All-Star team, he was highly considered for one previously and would’ve been an All-Star if not for his injury that led to D’Angelo Russell’s breakout in the ’18-19 season.
If the opportunity arises, the San Antonio Spurs can’t afford to let this deal go.