As the NBA trade deadline continues to draw closer, expect rumors and talks to heat up around the league. Although the San Antonio Spurs are known for not making in-season trades, they'll still be directly affected by what goes on around the league even if they're quiet for yet another year.
From future talent to poach around the league to the value of draft picks soon headed to San Antonio, many things that happen before February 10th will have a direct impact on the immediate and long-term future of the Silver and Black.
In an NBA trade deadline special for ESPN+ (subscription required), Bobby Marks went in-depth on all 30 teams to give his thoughts on what we should all be watching and hoping for heading into the final stretch of the season.
Marks addresses the deal he'd like the Spurs to make in the column, which I'll get to eventually in this list. First, let's take a look at some other storylines that could have a direct impact on San Antonio going forward.
1. The Atlanta Hawks love making trade deadline deals
Travis Schlenk has only been the President of the Atlanta Hawks since 2019 and has already made 10 deadline deals during his tenure, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. In just a two-month span in 2020, he acquired Kris Dunn, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Rajon Rondo, and Danilo Gallinari.
"Maybe it wasn't such a great idea to bring everybody back," said Schlenk after a recent loss to Portland. After a surprising run to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, the Hawks have been vastly underperforming and sit outside of the play-in tournament.
Atlanta will have plenty of decisions to make this offseason and could be facing a "significant tax penalty" next year if they don't make some moves this year.
But there's also the report that John Collins has become increasingly frustrated with his role on the Hawks. With just an 18-25 record, could Atlanta look to make another move by the deadline and perhaps look for someone like Derrick White in return? And would the Spurs play ball? Time will tell.