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Exploring 4 Spurs trade options to compile war chest of picks

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Other trades the Spurs can make

The Spurs have a valuable center in Jakob Poeltl, who they could trade to the Toronto Raptors -- a team that's been rumored to want him back for months.

If you combine the Lakers trade with this move, that would give the Spurs three first-round picks for their three veterans in addition to the three they got for Murray.

However, if the Westbrook and Raptors trades don't happen, then the Hornets could also be viable trade partners. For one, the Hornets are apparently looking to move Gordon Hayward and his $30 million salary for next season.

Also, the Spurs own the Hornets' pick in the 2023 NBA Draft (top-16 protected), and it gives the Spurs an incentive to trade with them in an attempt to ensure that the pick conveys. Therefore, the Spurs could possibly try something like this if they can't work out a deal with Toronto.

The Hornets would receive Poeltl, whom they attempted to acquire last season, and a two-way wing in return for Hayward. They'd have to give up Williams, who was the 15th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and a player the Spurs might've been interested in drafting. It would also cost them a 2024 first-round pick (which they can trade because they have another in 2023), but it would
drastically improve their chances of making the playoffs.

As for Doug McDermott, they could shop him to playoff teams that have a first-round pick and are looking for a sharpshooter. The Spurs can afford to take back a bad contract to get another asset like a second-rounder or a future pick swap like they did in the Celtics trade when they agreed to take back Romeo Langford.

If the Hornets deal falls through, another option could be dealing Poeltl to the Utah Jazz. One such trade could look like this:

This would be a terrific return for the Spurs, giving them either a pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves or Utah Jazz in 2023 or 2025 for Poeltl.

The Jazz, on the other hand, would get a much cheaper and younger starting center than Rudy Golbert, who they just traded away. The Spurs could then put Richardson and McDermott up on the trade block in hopes of netting future firsts for both players.

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Overall, now that Murray has been traded, it's certain to be the first in a series of moves, with Poeltl, McDermott, and Richardson all likely gone. Additionally, the potential returns from moving on from those players could help the Spurs land their next star.