3 Ways the Spurs can trade for another first-round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft
By Cal Durrett
The decision to acquire a second first-rounder largely depends on where the Spurs land in the lottery. If the Spurs select first overall, they will have their center of the future, making current starter Zach Collins expendable. Collins played well this season, especially after San Antonio moved Jakob Poeltl, averaging 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds as a starter following the trade deadline.
Considering Collins will only make $7.7M next season, he could be a prime trade candidate for a team needing a cheap starter or an above-average backup big man. Would a club trade a first for Collins? Maybe, but that would be more likely if the Spurs were willing to take back bad or long-term contracts in return. With significant cap space and few players to spend it on in free agency, they can afford to do that. One such option could be trading Collins to the Sacramento Kings for Richaun Holmes and the 24th pick in this year's draft.
Holmes has two years and $24.9M remaining on his contract but isn't part of the Kings' regular rotation. Swapping him for an upgrade at backup center while saving them $17.2M could be worth trading a late first, especially now that Sacramento has tasted the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Spurs could waive or trade Holmes while picking up an extra first-rounder in this year's draft.