Ranking every Spurs player by trade likelihood

The San Antonio Spurs appear poised to make a deal or two before the trade deadline in February, but what is the likelihood of each Spur being traded?

 Victor Wembanyama, Keldon Johnson
Victor Wembanyama, Keldon Johnson / Michael Reaves/GettyImages
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Tier 2: Spurs players who may (but probably won't) get traded

6) Tre Jones
5) Malaki Branham
4) Keldon Johnson

Small forward Keldon Johnson headlines this group, and joining Johnson in this group are Tre Jones and Malaki Branham. Neither player is likely to get moved, but it is not out of the realm of possibility. Jones has played a more limited role than many expected, even though he is the best passer on the Spurs.

He has just one year left on his contract, and the Spurs may draft his eventual replacement in June, not to mention they could also look to sign a point guard in free agency. If a team is looking for an upgrade at backup point guard, then the Spurs may be open to trading him, but that would leave them without a true playmaking guard.

As for Braham, he has had an up-and-down season but still projects to be a skilled offensive player once he figures things out. He's not untouchable, but, at 20 and with two years left on his rookie deal, it wouldn't make sense to trade him unless they were throwing in the kitchen sink in a deal for a star.

Johnson's name has come up in recent trade rumors, though it is unclear if the Spurs would move their starting small forward and longest-tenured player. With two lottery picks in the 2024 NBA draft, the Spurs could look to capitalize on Johnson's trade value, with him having one of the best contracts in the NBA.

If they can get two or even three firsts—assuming they are willing to take back a big contract—then it would be wise to do so. Especially if they can get picks toward the second half of the decade. That would enable them to build around Wembanyama when he is on his second contract and making $50 million a season; an inevitability. That deal may not materialize before the deadline, but it might happen this summer.