The San Antonio Spurs season hasn't brought us many surprises so far. After an encouraging start, the Spurs have been playing like the team we thought they were, settling into the bottom of the Western Conference and firmly in the hunt for the number one pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
The only remaining surprise this season could throw at us would be the Spurs trading off more of their assets as they continue to stockpile picks to rebuild their team. They've been one of the more talked about teams in potential trade talks, with many of these hypothetical trades centered around Jakob Poeltl.
Poeltl has been linked to Dallas, Toronto, and Golden State, to name a few teams. While trading for Poeltl should certainly be an appealing possibility to contending teams, he's not the only guy on the Spurs who could help out a contending or fringe playoff team looking to lock in their position in the post-season. Josh Richardson has plenty to offer too.
The Spurs are asking for a first round pick
The Spurs asking price in any deal that sends out Richardson will be a first-round pick in return. That's been their starting point, and at this point, it doesn't seem like they're going to budge from that. And why should they?
J-Rich isn't the most attractive player on the trade block today but he's still a savvy veteran and a reliable shooter on an expiring deal. Not someone an up-and-coming team might want to lock into their rotation for the foreseeable future but definitely a guy who can help impart some wisdom on a young group looking for their first taste of postseason action or add a valuable spark off the bench for a contending team.
Here are a few teams the Spurs could be hearing from in the coming weeks as trade talks heat up around the league.