The San Antonio Spurs are at the center of several highly compelling rumors
Personally, the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft and free agency shortly thereafter are my favorite parts of the NBA calendar year. Ideally, they can be taken in lakeside, phone in one hand, a beverage of your choice in the other, and not a care in the world besides keeping up with Woj’s Twitter. It’s a time of blissful speculation that fans of the San Antonio Spurs and every other team can enjoy.
Normally this period is stretched out over several weeks from the end of the NBA Finals in June until the opening of free agency in early July. But, in a year of countless firsts, now were cramming it all into a few days from when the draft happens on November 18 to when the moratorium period on NBA free agency begins on November 20.
This pressure cooker of a timeline has led to a wonderland filled with rumors and hypotheticals. The smokescreens are being poured out like they’re fresh from an Xbox Series X and it’s impossible to know what’s real or what’s being put out there to throw other teams off the scent.
In another break from tradition, we find the San Antonio Spurs at the center of it all. They’re typically not the team you expect to make big trade moves and outside of signing LaMarcus Aldridge back in 2015, they don’t usually attract big-name free agents. Still, the Spurs are the team to watch over the next week.
The San Antonio Spurs are planning something big, or are they?
The speculation around the Spurs is largely fueled by two reports. The first came from Keith Smith, who reported that San Antonio has been one of the most active teams in the league in terms of trade talks.
Teams that seem to be the most active in trade talks right now:AtlantaBostonCharlotteChicagoGolden StateMinnesotaNew OrleansSan Antonio
Multiple teams have told me versions of "Spurs are up to something. It's rare for them, but they are talking to lots of people."
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 11, 2020
We’re not done yet though. Matt Babcock would go on to report that there is “a growing sense among NBA circles that the San Antonio Spurs’ front office is currently up to something big behind the scenes.”
Now, this should come as a complete surprise to those of us who have been following the team closely since they left the bubble. There have been rumors that they’re in talks with Golden State to send Aldridge to the Bay in exchange for the 2nd overall pick.
They’ve also used some of their limited workouts on players such as Onyeka Okongwu and Deni Avdija, both of whom are expected to go in the top-five. There’s more than just smoke going on here, San Antonio might actually be up to something big.
Now, I’m not going to tell you what believe. But I’m also not going to promise that I won’t spend a substantial part of the next few days photoshopping Avdija and James Wiseman into the new Fiesta jerseys.
Take these rumors with a grain of salt but feel free to get your hopes up a bit. There’s clearly substance behind these rumors but until they actualize into something we really have no way of knowing what’ll happen.
The San Antonio Spurs typically aren’t the team dominating NBA specualtion. But for the next few days, expect them to be at the forefront of it all.