Recent report suggest Spurs as possible destination for Lakers point guard

The San Antonio Spurs are in the market for a point guard and one may be available in the offseason but should the team go after D'Angelo Russell?
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The suggestive reports keep rolling in for the San Antonio Spurs. The point guard position has been the primary focus of the speculation. Tre Jones has been a notable upgrade from the Jeremy Sochan experiment but that is not a grand statement. Sochan was never in a position to succeed during that trial. The assortment of talent on the team would have made it difficult for a lifelong point guard to thrive.

Now the focus has shifted to bringing in talent to elevate the position and fans have heard every idea from building through the draft to acquiring Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks. A recent report pivoted from the norm to suggest the Spurs should look to bring in Los Angeles Lakers point guard, D'Angelo Russell as a stop-gap option but that would be the worst thing San Antonio could do.

A stop-gap option is the last thing the Spurs need to focus on

There is no way the Spurs would look at D'Angelo Russell as a long-term option on the team. Not only is he an older player but he plays no defense and his inconsistency on offense has been a part of his basketball makeup since the beginning of his career in 2015. Over the past nine years, Russell has shot 43% from the field. He has increased his three-point percentage over the last few seasons, elevating his percentage from distance to 43% this year but good shooting is not a good enough reason to bring the former Ohio State Buckeye to the team.

Every other option that has been floated as viable for the Spurs is better than acquiring D'Angelo Russell. Trae Young would give the Spurs an instant offensive threat that teams would have to game plan around. A draft choice could perfectly align with the Spurs timeline, allowing them a chance to craft his game around the needs of the franchise.

Russell would likely be off the team in a few years and San Antonio would be back to square one, trying to find a floor general. Victor Wembanyama has shown rapid growth and transcendent ability. He deserves better than the acquisition of subpar talent in an effort to kick the can down the road for what would likely be a minimal return.