Could the San Antonio Spurs pull off a three-team mega-deal?
It’s safe to say that the last week has been one of the wildest in years in terms of rumors involving the San Antonio Spurs. Usually, when the Spurs are being talked about it’s because they’re working on a hometown extension for a player or perhaps trading to acquire an end of the bench guy. That hasn’t been the case this year.
With the 2020 NBA Draft coming up this week the San Antonio Spurs are being talked about as one of the teams who could be making a huge trade sometime in the next few days. They’re rumored to be eyeing moving up into the top-three of the draft and their draft prep backs that up.
They’ve used some of their limited supply of workouts on players such as Onyeka Okongwu and Deni Avdija, both of whom are expected to be taken in the top-five. It’s hard to see the Spurs investing the time into scouting both of these players if they weren’t having serious thoughts about trading up to get them.
The most commonly repeated rumor has been that the Spurs are in discussions with the Golden State Warriors to send LaMarcus Aldridge to the Warriors in exchange for the 2nd overall pick. But as Wes Goldberg of the Bay area’s Mercury News writes, that’s not the only possibility.
San Antonio Spurs unite with Hawks and Warriors for a three-team deal
As Goldberg wrote, the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors could recruit the Atlanta Hawks to help pull off a three-team deal that leaves everyone happy.
The idea is that the Spurs would send LaMarcus to Golden State and DeMar DeRozan and the 11th overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks would send the 6th pick to the Warriors and a young player – possibly Cam Reddish or De’Andre Hunter – to the Spurs. And the Warriors would send Andrew Wiggins and the 2nd overall pick to San Antonio.
There’s really no losers here. The Warriors get the frontcourt help that they need and still have the 6th pick to use on a pro-ready role player such as Isaac Okoro or Devin Vassell. Atlanta gets the second star they need in DeMar DeRozan and only have to move down five spots to make it happen.
The Spurs are the real winner here. Cam Reddish was one of the highest-ranked high school players in the country before he went to Duke but one underwhelming season has done a number on his perceived value. But the talent is still there and if there’s a team that could help him reach his potential it’s the Spurs.
Taking on Wiggins’s massive deal isn’t ideal but if it gets you the 2nd overall pick it’s ultimately worth it, right? He’s not the player we’d hoped he would be but he can still add value. He’s still very young and would fill a position of need in San Antonio. And like Reddish, I’m sure the Spurs could help him reach his full potential.
With all of the trade rumors floating around out there it’s impossible to know what’s real and what’s smoke. But there seems to be real substance behind this one and that should definitely excite San Antonio Spurs fans.