3 Spurs whose roles aren't safe after the trade deadline

A few Spurs players do not necessarily have guaranteed roles going forward.

Gregg Popovich, Malaki Branham, San Antonio Spurs
Gregg Popovich, Malaki Branham, San Antonio Spurs / Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
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There are not many guarantees when it comes to the San Antonio Spurs. Victor Wembanyama is the unquestioned future of this team with all the potential in the world. But aside from him, very few players have established themselves as true core pieces.

As of Monday morning, San Antonio has lost seven games in a row and continues sitting alone at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. For Head Coach Gregg Popovich and the coaching staff, all bets are off in terms of what adjustments will be made to get this group to play winning basketball.

Several Spurs players that have had a defined role to this point could find themselves replaced in short order. These are some of the most prominent players who could be replaced in the rotation for the final 29 games after the deadline.

Julian Champagnie

Serving as the Spurs' starting small forward for the majority of the season to this point, Julian Champagnie's production has been variable to put it kindly. He has scored in double figures 11 times in 2023-24, while also going scoreless in three contests where he played at least 19 minutes.

The second year wing has proven he has value, but what his role will look like in the long term remains to be seen. Oftentimes this season, Champagnie's inclusion in the starting lineup has been a play to bring Keldon Johnson off the bench to help bring some scoring power to the second unit.

With his variance in level of play, it is safe to say Champagnie does not have a concrete role with the Spurs moving forward. Looking down the bench, there are several players like Dominick Barlow waiting to take his minutes. Even the rookie Sidy Cissoko who has been playing primarily in the G League could be in play to replace Champagnie.