7 Stars the Spurs should wait to pursue over Trae Young

Rather than pursuing the Hawks' star, the Spurs could look at these high-level players instead.

Luka Doncic, Tre Jones, San Antonio Spurs
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While some fans of the San Antonio Spurs might have expected their team to be relatively competitive in the Western Conference this season, that has clearly not been the case. The Spurs have had their moments, but an 11-44 record and owning the 15th spot in the West indicates that there is still much work to be done.

San Antonio is focused on building for the future while figuring out what exactly they have with their core of young players, which is a perfectly fine strategy. When you have a talent the likes of Victor Wembanyama leading your franchise, it only makes sense to build the best team around him possible.

Recently, many have speculated that the team may be pursuing Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young. The Spurs have a need at starting point guard, and they have the assets to put together a huge potential trade package in order to acquire the talented floor general.

But perhaps we are all focusing too hard on Young. While he will potentially be available as soon as the regular season ends in Atlanta given recent reports, there are other star players the Spurs could hold out for later in the offseason. These are the seven most notable they should be looking at.

1. Mikal Bridges

Coming on to the scene as an elite two-way wing player, Mikal Bridges is among the most talented young forwards in the game today. After spending the first four and a half seasons of his career playing next to Devin Booker in Phoenix, Bridges was traded to Brooklyn and has been able to thrive as the team's top offensive option.

Mikal is a player that would make a lot of sense in San Antonio. His two-way ability may not be on the same level, but it is somewhat reminiscent of a certain defensive savant-turned All-NBA level player that played for the Spurs last decade. For Spurs fans that have dreamed of what San Antonio could have looked like with both Wemby and Kawhi Leonard on the floor at the same time, Bridges may not completely fulfill that vision, but he might be the next best thing.

The only problem with Mikal is that he may be rather hard to obtain. The Nets have reportedly made him very hard to get in any potential trades. But if anyone has the ridiculously large stash of draft picks to make something happen, it is the Spurs.