Zach Lowe hints at trade between the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State
Throughout their history, the San Antonio Spurs have only picked in the top-three of the NBA draft three times. The three players the took – David Robinson, Sean Elliott, and Tim Duncan – would all go on to be pillars of the franchise.
Each one of them helped lead the Spurs to a championship and every one of their numbers hangs in the rafters. Now, it sounds like San Antonio could be looking to make a move to get back into the top three for the first time since 1997.
San Antonio Spurs could trade LaMarcus Aldridge to Warriors for 2nd pick
During a recent episode of The Lowe Post, Zach Lowe and Bobby Marks were discussing possible trades for the 2nd overall pick. Golden State is looking for a player to help them return to the top of the league and they’re willing to give up the pick to make that happen.
Midway through the conversation, Lowe dropped a bomb on us. He’s heard from his sources that there could be a deal between the Warriors and Spurs that would send LaMarcus Aldridge to Golden State in exchange for the 2nd overall pick.
“Someone within the league texted me today that hey, there’s a little bit of buzz about number two to San Antonio for LaMarcus Aldridge and number eleven. And obvioulsy there would have to be salary going out.”
It’s just one rumor at this point but if you look a little closer there are a lot of signs that the franchise is serious about making a move for the second pick.
The Spurs only get to set up ten in-person workouts leading up to the draft and they’ve already used a few on players predicted to go near the top. Over the past week, we’ve learned that both Deni Avdija and Onyeka Okongwu have worked out for the Spurs.
Avdija is the electric wing from Isreal who has had the eyes of Spurs fans for months now. If his jumper improves he could be the best player in this class. And if there’s any team that can help him get to where he needs to be with his shot it’s the San Antonio Spurs.
Onyeka Okongwu is one of the top big men in this draft. He also happens to be probably the safest pick in this group. He’s a do it all, two-way big man who has very few weak spots to his game. He can rebound, elite, pass, handle, and score in a variety of ways at a high level. His jumper could use some work but, like Avdija, that shouldn’t be a dealbreaker.
Either one of Okongwu or Avdija should be available if the Spurs get the second pick. Neither one of them seems like they’re heading to Minnesota. Barring a trade or a surprise selection by the Wolves they’ll be on the board for whoever is picking second.
Outside of those two, other star prospects like Killian Hayes, James Wiseman, and LaMelo Ball could also be in play. When you’re picking second the world is your oyster. Getting into that position would immediately change the trajectory of this team.
Trading Aldridge away to pick the star of the next era of the Spurs would be the biggest move the team has made in its history and would completely change how we view the approaching season. This is a storyline that needs to be followed as we approach draft night.