If the front office does its job this summer, it should be an exciting few months for San Antonio Spurs fans. They'll have roughly $49 million in cap space to work with, have the 12th and 41st pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and have a nice foundation of young players to build around.
When you get to about the five or sixth spot in July's NBA Draft, all sorts of names start to jumble around in mock drafts across the board. In my round-up of media picks for who the Spurs might take in the first round, seven different prospects were listed.
It's clear the Spurs have several different needs to address, and this class has several prospects who can address them right away with enough playing time. While it's very possible they'll still find a gem at 12th, there are some potentially big-time names rising in the rankings that could be out of their reach.
For the purpose of this assessment, I focused more on guys outside of the top four guys who are widely-regarded to be taken by their respective teams. So while someone like Evan Mobley would be a perfect fit for the Spurs, I just don't see the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers giving a talented 7-footer like him up.
Meanwhile, teams like the Orlando Magic (5th and 8th picks) and Golden State Warriors (7th and 14th picks) could be motivated to move one or more of their picks in a deal. In no particular order, here are some guys projected to be just out of San Antonio's range who could be worth a trade-up.