The February 9th trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and fans of the San Antonio Spurs are surely clamoring for any news relating to the team's deadline plans. Fortunately, a new report by Spurtalks' LJ Ellis is filled with a ton of new information about those plans.
Spurs starting center Jakob Poeltl, unsurprisingly, continues to draw a lot of interest from the rest of the NBA. Still, there are also several surprising details that Ellis and his sources have unearthed. With that said, here are the three biggest surprises from the latest bombshell report from this Spurs insider:
Surprise #3: The Spurs' asking price for Poeltl remains high.
Following Ellis' initial report that the Spurs were seeking two first-round picks in exchange for Poeltl, most fans expected them to eventually lower their asking price. That doesn't appear to be the case, however. In fact, it seems that the Spurs are doubling down on that demand. While it remains to be seen if asking for the sun, moon, and stars will ultimately result in the team getting everything they're asking for, the Spurs don't appear to have scared away any suitors.
Actually, it seems that more teams are joining the fray, forcing known suitors such as the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors to increase their offers. That's obviously great for the Spurs, who previously didn't seem 100% committed to moving Poeltl, given that they had plans to re-sign him and pair him with likely No. 1 pick Victor Wembanyama.
But, with Poeltl likely to ask for $20 million per year on his next contract and the Spurs currently having only a 12.5% chance of landing the No. 1 pick, those plans are probably changing. If they have, then the team could receive a big haul for Poeltl.