NBA Insider: Spurs could trade young asset for veteran player

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The offseason is officially in full swing as the NBA Finals are over, and the San Antonio Spurs are already in the rumor mill.

According to Rafael Barlowe of NBA Big Board (subscription required), the Spurs are expected to make moves this summer. Previous reports suggested San Antonio was looking to trade for another first-round pick to address their point guard situation, and it seems they are turning their attention to adding experience to their roster.

"[Quoting source:] I think they’ll try to add another pick and try to add a guard, but they’re going to probably trade one of their young assets for a veteran."

The Silver and Black have multiple young assets, including names like Zach Collins, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell, or newer faces like Malaki Branham and Blake Wesley.

It's unclear which veterans general manager Brian Wright could be targeting, but there will likely be several options on the trade market depending on what prospects intrigue other teams.

A player like Keldon Johnson would make sense as a young asset the Spurs could move in a potential trade. He has talent, leadership, and a team-friendly contract. Potential suitors would only have to pay him $77 million in guaranteed money over the next four seasons.

Teams could also look to take a shot on someone like Blake Wesley. While he has undeniable upside, the 20-year-old guard could get lost on a Spurs roster crowded with young talent, and the front office might want to shift toward a win-now approach.

"[Quoting source:] They’re not going to surround Wembanyama with a bunch of young guys."

San Antonio being aggressive this offseason could be a sign that they're hoping to compete sooner rather than later. Their path to the postseason could come from finding talent in the draft or making roster upgrades through trades. Nonetheless, this could be a busy summer for the Spurs.