Surprise #2: Three additional teams are interested in trading for Poeltl.
While the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors appear serious about acquiring Poeltl, the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, and Portland Trail Blazers have shown interest. Given how good the starting centers of the Pelicans and the Blazers are, their inquiries are quite surprising.
Ellis didn't provide any details about potential offers, but with Jonas Valanciunas and Jusuf Nurkic both making around $15 million this season and next, one might assume they'd be in a potential deal for Poeltl. Taking either back makes some sense for the Spurs, who would be without a starting-caliber center if they otherwise were to move Poeltl and fail to land the top pick in this year's draft.
Of the two center options, Valanciunas probably makes the most sense, given that he is better and only under contract through next season, whereas Nurkic has three years remaining. The Pelicans also have more trade assets to send the Spurs' way. That may be putting the cart before the horse, but the more teams are interested in Poeltl, the more fans can expect to receive in return for him.