Latest reports indicate executives believe star player could be on the move

The Trae Young rumors continue to stay hot as new reports suggest NBA executives believe he could be on the move, with San Antonio as a possible destination.
San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks
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With half of the league beginning the offseason this week, teams are starting to consider their futures. One team that has perhaps the biggest offseason ahead of them in recent memory is the Atlanta Hawks, and they have a big decision to make regarding Trae Young.

There's been no shortage of rumors surrounding the three-time all-star. It's been reported that Young's camp is open to pairing Trae alongside Victor Wembanyama, and it was also reported that the two teams discussed a deal for the point guard at this year's trade deadline.

Young has three years left on his contract worth 138 million, with the third year of the deal being a player option. The Hawks are in quite a predicament as they've struggled to build a winning culture since their Eastern Conference Finals run in 2021, and now Young might be on the move.

Bleacher Report discusses the possibility of Young to SA

Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report continued to stir the pot of the Trae Young rumors, saying, "Many sources around the NBA believe Young will be on the move this summer—assuming Atlanta can find a buyer."

In the article, Pincus explains how San Antonio could be a buyer. With the amount of draft capital the Spurs have acquired through trades and their own, Pincus states how the valuable amount of draft compensation could hold leverage over other offers.

Other possibilities for Young include the Nets and Lakers. But it's shown that neither team has nearly the same value of draft capital as the Spurs do. The Lakers package would be centered more around Austin Reaves, D'Angelo Russell, and Rui Hachimura, and if the Hawks are seeking more current players over draft compensation, then the Lakers might be in the running.

However, the Spurs have built up a haul of draft picks over the past few years, which could be a more favorable package than other teams can offer. San Antonio owns Atlanta's 2025 and 2027 first-round picks with no protections and the rights to swap picks in 2026, all acquired through the Dejounte Murray trade in 2022.

Alongside the massive amount of compensation from this deal, the Spurs also own a handful of valuable picks for the next six years. These include Toronto's 2024 first-round pick, protected within the top six, and Charlotte's 2025 first-round pick, protected within the top fifteen. If they don't convey, both will be a pair of second-round picks.

The Spurs have fourteen first-round picks and twenty second-round picks until 2030. San Antonio has pretty decent odds at landing within the top four of this year's lottery, and a coin toss on if Toronto's pick can convey in their favor.

Fans and former players are drooling over the possibility of a Trae Young and Wembanyama tandem. As the official offseason approaches, it'll be interesting to see how this saga plays out.