The NBA is wasting no time heating up with trade action before the deadline has even arrived. While the San Antonio Spurs haven't gotten involved yet, several big moves have already taken place in the past couple of days and they only seem to be the beginning.
Rumors surrounding Thaddeus Young continue to swirl, with Minnesota now being mentioned as a possible trade partner by Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. It's believed that Taurean Prince would be at the center of such a deal.
While any trade in San Antonio would likely be a small one, big names around the league have already begun moving and will likely continue to do so through Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline. Here, I'll be updating you with the big trades as they happen and give my initial thoughts on how they might impact the Spurs' present and future.
*Note: A trade happened Monday that saw Caris LeVert and a 2022 second-round pick sent to Indiana for Ricky Rubio, a 2022 first-round pick, and two future second-round picks. Since there isn't any relevance of this to the Spurs, this trade isn't included.
Let's get started with a trade that happened on Friday between the Portland Trail Blazers and LA Clippers.
LA Clippers receive: Norman Powell, Robert Covington
Portland Trail Blazers receive: Eric Bledsoe Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson, 2025 second-round pick
Our colleagues at Rip City Project called this trade a "cheap ticket to Tankville", and it's hard to argue with them. Norman Powell is the best player in the deal and is only hitting his peak, but the idea behind this trade is Portland is likely leaning into Anfernee Simons' emergence and building for their future.
Portland didn't stop dealing there, which I'll get to next.
Effect on the Spurs: The Portland Trail Blazers are currently ahead of San Antonio by one game in the Western Conference with a 21-33 record to the Spurs' 20-34. Both teams are in striking distance of the 10th-seeded New Orleans Pelicans for a play-in tournament spot, but this move seems to signal the Blazers are wisely punting on this season and building for the future, as their next move indicated even further.
New Orleans Pelicans receive: CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr., Tony Snell
Portland Trail Blazers receive: Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, 2022 first-round pick (protected), two future second-round picks.
Just four days after their deal that centered around Powell, the Blazers dealt Damian Lillard's longtime backcourt teammate, CJ McCollum, to New Orleans. With the trade, Portland has now dealt their second and third-leading scorers while their leading scorer recovers from an injury without a set timeline to return.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans added a reliable scorer to a lineup that includes Brandon Ingram, Jonas Valanciunas, and Zion Williamson.
Effect on the Spurs: This move further emphasizes how the Trail Blazers will likely fade out this season and become competition for the Spurs more in terms of NBA Draft Lottery odds. They're currently projected for the 8th pick while San Antonio is projected 7th.
As for the Pelicans, they certainly get better offensively with McCollum but losing Nickeil Alexander-Walker is also notable. New Orleans currently sits in 10th in the West and could start making a push at the Los Angeles Lakers at 9th, especially if they're able to get Williamson back at some point.
Indiana Pacers receive: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Tristan Thompson
Sacramento Kings receive: Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb, 2027 second-round pick
This one is a doozy. My immediate reaction (and the reaction of many online) is that the Sacramento Kings giving up Tyrese Haliburton is a very questionable move. He's only 21 and has already established himself as a deadly outside shooter (41.1%) with an even deadlier floater. While it's commendable the Kings were able to acquire an All-Star without giving up picks, his inclusion seems costly.
Effect on the Spurs:
From Indiana's point of view, this seems to signal they might be sticking with Myles Turner as their main big, who's been loosely tied to the Spurs in recent days. Obviously, the pursuit of Domantas Sabonis himself is off the table as well.
Fans can also rest easy that the asking price for Sabonis was probably too high for San Antonio to reach. As Spurs fan Jackson Floyd put it, a similar trade from the Spurs would have to include someone with a very high upside like Devin Vassell.
According to The Athletic's Sam Vecenie, the arrival of Sabonis could open the door for a team to trade for Richaun Holmes.
Some within the Air Alamo staff have had their eyes on his services for a while, but we're not sure yet if the Spurs feel the same way.
Keep this page in your bookmarks, as I'll continue to update it with trades as they happen and how they might affect the Spurs going forward.
San Antonio Spurs receive: Tomas Satoransky, second-round pick
Utah Jazz receive: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Juancho Hernangomez
Portland Trail Blazers receive: Joe Ingles, Elijah Hughes, second-round pick.
This trade is hot off the presses from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. It has the Spurs acquiring yet another second-round pick in 2027 for Juancho Hernangomez, essentially meaning dealing Forbes nets them two second-rounders plus $2.35 million in total.
You can read all about this trade and what it means for the Spurs here.