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Spurs: 3 Crucial Offseason Goals to Return to the Playoffs

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2. Add a starting power forward

The second offseason objective involves San Antonio adding a starting power forward, where the team has been in need of a long-term option for a while now. San Antonio has been starting Keldon Johnson at the four for most of this season, even though small forward is his natural position. The team could benefit from adding more size to the starting lineup and should definitely look at acquiring a starting-caliber power forward in the offseason.

There are a couple of options, such as trading for Domantas Sabonis, Christan Wood, or John Collins. However, that could cost the Spurs assets such as Vassell, Derrick White, and multiple draft picks. The other option would be through the draft, which would allow the team to hold on to their assets while also upgrading at power forward. 

That would, of course, be the team's best option but it's largely dependent on where they end up selecting and who is available. San Antonio currently has the 7th-worst record in the NBA but a seventh-place finish would give them a nearly 1-in-3 chance of a top-four pick. 

That could put them in a position to draft Paolo Banchero or Jabari Smith, either of whom could start at power forward for the Spurs next season. Additionally, Keegan Murray or Patrick Baldwin Jr could be potential options if San Antonio doesn't land a top-four pick.

Of the two choices, the draft is the most realistic option to improve the forward position. As a result, the Spurs should strongly consider drafting a four and moving up if need be to ensure they can get an impactful power forward.