1 trade, 1 signing that could make Spurs competitive next season

The San Antonio Spurs find themselves in a great spot heading into the summer and one trade and one signing could make the Spurs competitive next season.
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One signing that could make Spurs competitive next season

The thought of bringing in future Hall of Famer and long-time rival Chris Paul might not be all that popular among Spurs fans but it would be a smart move. Nevertheless, it might take a lot for Paul to become a free agent but it's not impossible.

The Warriors could trade him this summer in a deal for a star or younger rotation players and Paul's new team may either shop him again or opt to cut him loose. If he were to become a free agent, the Spurs should pounce and look to sign Paul.

Paul joining an up-and-coming team might seem like an awkward fit but he may be both an on-court upgrade and a culture-setter for the Spurs. His ability to create in the pick-and-roll by knocking down pull-up jumpers, tossing lobs to the roll man or finding open shooters on the perimeter would be huge for a team.

Signing Paul to a one-year contract wouldn't negatively affect the team's long-term goal of building around Wembanyama. In fact, he can serve as a mentor to whoever they select in the 2024 NBA draft and also help Wembanyama take the next step into superstardom.

That alone would be worth it since a fully realized Wemby could attract other stars or veterans to San Antonio, allowing the Spurs to bring in key players down the road and that would start with signing Paul this summer.