With the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching on February 10th, media outlets are going to be throwing out all kinds of rumors about the San Antonio Spurs and every other team in the league.
We've been keeping close tabs on which rumors hold more water than others among the ones that have been released so far. Thaddeus Young remains the most likely Spur to be moved by the deadline given how he can still help other teams while he doesn't have a role with the current squad.
Other names like Jakob Poeltl and Derrick White have been brought up in surface-level rumors that haven't risen past the level of chatter, while Dejounte Murray has been brought up in a completely speculative and nonsensical way as well.
As we approach the trade deadline, it's important that the Spurs have an open mind about who should be available while also being cautious about giving up too early on future potential cornerstone pieces. With that said, here's a look at who I personally think should be the three guys least likely to be dealt by the deadline.
1. Dejounte Murray
I'm not saying anything groundbreaking when I declare Dejounte Murray far and away the best player on the San Antonio Spurs this season. His heroic efforts are one of the only reasons this young squad isn't at the bottom of the Western Conference right now.
When Murray is off the floor, San Antonio noticeably suffers on both ends of the ball and looks downright lost for an uncomfortable amount of time. As such, I don't see a scenario in which the Spurs are likely to even entertain an offer for their loyal point guard.
There's been a lot of attention on Murray's triple-doubles this season from the media, but the bottom line is he wants nothing more than to win in the city that took a chance on him more than anything. There's no doubt in my mind he'd sacrifice all of his current triple-doubles for another shot at the NBA playoffs, and that's exactly the kind of attitude that makes him perfect for the culture of the team.
There's no reason Murray shouldn't be a key piece on the Spurs for the next decade. He's not going anywhere.