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3 San Antonio Spurs trades to move up in 2022 NBA Draft

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3. Spurs go all-in on a top-end talent

The Sacramento Kings have the fourth pick in the 2022 NBA Draft but may trade it, possibly because guard Jaden Ivey is generally regarded as the fourth-best player but isn't a perfect fit. They already have guards De'Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell, whom they drafted ninth overall in 2021, which may increase the likelihood of a trade back for more assets.

That could also increase the Spurs' chances to trade up, and they can offer the ninth, 20th, and 25th picks to do so. Swapping all three firsts to move up five spots is certainly a lot but it would give the team their first top-five pick since 1997 without sacrificing any of their young core.

Also, if they nail that pick like they often do, then there's a decent chance that that player will become a star. In that case, it really wouldn't matter what they gave up, and the Spurs wouldn't make such a deal unless they feel strongly about a player.

All in all, the Spurs have positioned themselves well by having four selections in this year's draft. However, they probably won't be able to keep all of their picks, so a trade or two seems almost inevitable.

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If the Spurs play their cards right, they may be able to select a couple of promising players in the draft and then sign a player to a max contract in free agency.

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