3. The Atlanta Hawks can start to fall apart
Without a doubt, the team that can help the Spurs the most in both the short and long term is the Atlanta Hawks. In their trade package for Dejounte Murray, they gave San Antonio two unprotected first-round picks, a pick swap, and the first-round pick I just discussed via Charlotte.
While the Spurs can immediately reap benefits next summer depending on how the Hornets perform, they can really clean house starting in 2025 if the Atlanta Hawks suffer a collapse. Given that San Antonio will be taking these picks no matter what, Murray's new squad completely controls where the Spurs will be taking their extra selections in both 2025 and 2027.
In addition, if San Antonio is better than Atlanta by the end of the 2025 season, they'll have the option to swap their lower draft pick for the Hawks' more favorable pick. Basically, Spurs fans don't have to worry too much about Atlanta thriving for the next couple of years if that's what happens. But they'll want to hope that the 2024 offseason doesn't go well for Atlanta or that some other things start to trip them up fairly soon.
While many people didn't understand the reasoning behind the Spurs trading their new All-Star, it could end up paying off in a big way by the middle of the decade.