The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away, and the San Antonio Spurs should be diligent to field offers if any arise.
While this is only the first year in a full rebuild and it's been marred by health and safety protocols, there are still trade targets that are widely rumored to be available worth monitoring. Before diving into the list, let me first get this out of the way: I don't see a scenario in which the Spurs acquire a star like Ben Simmons or Jaylen Brown by the trade deadline, so I won't even entertain that possibility. We've speculated about both of them plenty in the past, however, if that's your thing.
Instead, I'll be looking at a combination of high-profile and medium-profile players proposed by former New York Times and ESPN columnist Marc Stein. Still with several connections in the NBA, Stein now provides coverage via his Substack and recently talked about the trade deadline and likely options on the market.
"These are among the players considered to be the most likely to be traded between now and the Feb. 10 buzzer," writes Stein. Without further adieu, let's look at the list and whether the Spurs should have any interest in each player who's likely to be moved in the next month.
1. Domantas Sabonis - Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis is the only player here that wasn't included on Stein's list, but it's no secret he's been made available by a Pacers team looking to blow things up. After the Indiana Pacers announced a fire sale in December, Air Alamo writer Ethan Farina was quick to note how he'd accelerate a rebuild in San Antonio if he found his way south.
With back-to-back All-Star appearances and another likely on the way, Sabonis has become a double-double machine and an offensive weapon capable of being a difference-maker. Unfortunately, his Indiana Pacers just aren't very good and his efforts haven't been enough to keep them competitive on most nights.
I imagine a trade for Sabonis would have to involve a mixture of promising talent and draft assets, which would put guys like Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker at play. We've previously graded some trades from other outlets and our own writers for the talented big, which you can find here.
With the trade deadline now closer, it's starting to sound like the Pacers' asking price for their two-time All-Star might be a little rich for the Spurs' blood. At 25 years old, he still has plenty of his career ahead of him but doesn't really offer the two-way abilities of someone worth giving up your future for. Still, any team would be lucky to have him.