Ranking the Spurs' 3 Biggest Needs for the Trade Deadline

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1. The Spurs need a shooting guard who can shoot

Outside of Bryn Forbes, the Spurs' shooting guards are having rough times from the field this season. Through half of the 82 games, here's what the numbers look like.

Derrick White: 42.8% FG (second-worst shooting season), 30.2 3P% (career-low)
Lonnie Walker: 39.4% FG (second-worst shooting season), 30.0 3P% (career-low)

Rookie Joshua Primo, who has had limited playing time, is shooting better than his more established fellow shooting guards with a 34.1% mark but is only making 37.7% of his overall shots from the field. As Gregg Popovich recently shared, however, Primo will likely be heading back to the G League soon once his full roster returns.

I have confidence that Derrick White will eventually progress back up to the mean with his shooting numbers, especially from the outside. He showed progress on that already on Saturday. Walker, however, might be a different story.

If the Spurs opt to swing for the fences on a high-volume guard who can also take the role of a microwave scorer, Sacramento's Buddy Hield would be the perfect choice. Orlando's Terrance Ross would be another.

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Ultimately, we'll probably have to wait for the offseason for the Spurs to start making real moves, but whenever they decide to do so, they should keep these glaring holes in mind.