Spurs: 2 Trade Targets Worth Gambling Team's Future

Domantas Sabonis, John Collins
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Jan 19, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) moves the
Jan 19, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) moves the / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

2. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers

While Collins appears to be a realistic option, other teams are also interested in him. Therefore, the Spurs should have a backup plan if Atlanta's asking price gets too high for him. Domantas Sabonis also makes a lot of sense as a potential trade target for the Spurs.

Sabonis, a two-time All-Star, is currently averaging an impressive 19.1 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. However, the Pacers are struggling just as much as the Spurs despite not being in a rebuild and are reportedly considering moving him.

Unlike Atlanta, the Pacers appear to be just listening to offers, which means that it would likely take a lot to pry him away from Indy. Indiana would almost certainly want Johnson or Vassell, as well as picks in return for Sabonis. That said, an offer of White, Walker, the Spurs' unprotected 2022 first, a top-10 protected 2024 first, and the Bulls' 2025 first might be enough to acquire Sabonis.

After all, the Pacers have the 7th-worst record in the NBA with him, so moving on from him now could net them a good starter, a role player, and three firsts. Not only that, but it could help improve their chances of landing a top-3 pick in this year’s draft.

With Sabonis, the Spurs would get a highly productive power forward who can score in a number of ways, crash the glass, and is also a terrific passer. Between Collins and Sabonis, Sabonis is the better player and would likely fit better in San Antonio. Still, they will have to weigh the cost.

Collins is the more affordable choice and would still allow the Spurs to upgrade the frontcourt and keep more of their assets to help improve the team going forward. On the other hand, Sabonis would likely cost much more to acquire, limiting the Spurs ability to improve the roster, but is talented enough to help them make the playoffs sooner.

Ultimately, the Spurs should look to be aggressive, in hopes of fast-tracking the rebuild. Fortunately, they already have a star in Murray, and he could be even better next season, so they'd be wise to try and pair him with another talented player ASAP.

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That, of course, would require them to give up significant assets, but could help the Spurs in the long run by getting them back into contention much sooner. As a result, Collins and Sabonis are two trade targets worth gambling the future for.