Keldon Johnson led the Spurs in scoring last season, averaging 22 points per game on somewhat underwhelming efficiency. While he was the undisputed first option for this squad, that role fell into his lap by default as Devin Vassell missed over 40 games. But now that San Antonio has landed a franchise player in Victor Wembanyama, the 23-year-old forward might be the odd man out for a team looking to consolidate their assets to bolster other positions.
1.) Washington Wizards
The Wizards are kicking off an all-out rebuild after trading franchise cornerstone Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns and acquiring Jordan Poole in a separate transaction this summer. Washington also brought Kyle Kuzma back, re-signing the combo forward to a four-year, $90 million contract. Adding Keldon Johnson could give them a core of solid young scorers, and it certainly doesn't hurt that his descending contract is one of the best values in the NBA.
In return, San Antonio would ask for Daniel Gafford, Tyus Jones, and a 2024 first-round pick via the Suns. This trade would give the Spurs a draft asset, an up-and-coming big man, and another elite playmaker. The Silver and Black are thin at point guard outside of Tre Jones, but his older brother would ensure they always have a reliable facilitator on the court.
As for Gafford, he is only 24 years old, and he could be a fantastic fit with Wembanyama wanting to remain at power forward for the time being. The 6-foot-10 center is a defensive-minded player who could lock down the frontcourt while offering some untapped upside. The Spurs could also add a raw prospect like Blake Wesley into the deal to sweeten the pot.