It was a shock to everyone when the San Antonio Spurs shipped off Dejounte Murray to kickstart a complete rebuild. According to sources, they're probably not done making trades.
With free agency and trade season now in full swing, there have been several shake-ups in the NBA surrounding big names like Christian Wood and Rudy Gobert. While there might be a quiet stretch for a few weeks, I have to believe there will be quite a few more moves around the league before what will likely be a February 2023 trade deadline.
Some even bigger names like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook have all been discussed as candidates that could eventually be in fresh jerseys by the next NBA All-Star break. A team like the Spurs almost certainly would have to be involved in such a deal for cap space purposes.
According to recent reports, the Spurs will likely be holding onto the majority or all of their cap space in anticipation of a move or string of moves later in the year. With that said, there are three names that have most frequently been discussed as potential trade chips.
From everything I've gathered, here are the three likely Spurs trade candidates, ranked from least to most likely.
3. Doug McDermott
He may have the perfect attitude and has often said he's always wanted to be a San Antonio Spur, but sentimentality went out the window way back when Derrick White was moved to Boston. The bottom line is the Spurs enjoy Doug McDermott's deadeye and movement without the ball, but he's not expected to be a big part of this team's future.
General Manager Brian Wright has often expressed how he's aiming to flesh the roster out with more two-way, versatile talent at all positions. McDermott's defense doesn't exactly put him into that category, unfortunately.
Still, Doug is valuable on offense and could stick around at least for one more year as the Spurs look to acquire a high draft pick next summer. His name has been floated out there but not as often as the next two guys on this list.