Boost: Acquire draft capital
We have already discussed the immense collection of draft picks that currently belong to the Spurs. The team owns 15 first round picks and 34 total picks in the next seven drafts, an absolutely astonishing collection. But in a league as cutthroat and unfavorable to small market teams as the NBA, there is no sense in becoming complacent.
As much as they reasonably can, San Antonio should be looking to continue stacking draft picks leading up to this trade deadline. The idea being that these assets will help them get ahead going forward more than nearly any other factor.
If we want the blueprint for how a small market team should compile and correctly utilize draft picks, we should look no further than the Oklahoma City Thunder. General Manager Sam Presti built a reputation for being unafraid to sell high on certain players and take on bad contracts from other teams in order to take back draft picks.
Building up a huge collection of picks was a big part of what allowed Presti to build Oklahoma City into the top-seeded championship contender it is today. Continuing to bring in more picks that can be used to acquire high-level talent down the road will be vital, as we know San Antonio is far from a premium free agent destination.