Trade 2: Spurs make a quality trade with the Clippers
Imagine PJ Tucker in silver and black. This trade would only be for the short term, but the impact of the toughness PJ Tucker brings could last for a long time. The Spurs would only need to include Cedi Osman, a 2024 second-round pick, and a 2030 second-round pick. Cedi Osman is reportedly on the trade block already, and flipping him with a couple of lower-valued second-round picks for the veteran presence this roster desperately needs would be a no-brainer.
Tucker is 38 years old, but he is still an intelligent, hard-nosed defender. He would elevate that side of the floor while also providing a threat from the corner-three spot. Neither Osman nor Tucker fit the Spurs' timetable for a long-term run so that part of the deal is the wash and the Clippers forward has a player option next season. His presence could be gone just as quickly as it arrived and that is likely the preferable option at his $11 million per year price tag.
Still, San Antonio loses nothing by making this deal. They could potentially gain institutional knowledge for their young players on how to bring the intensity every night, especially on the defensive end: something Coach Popovich would love.