San Antonio Spurs Trade Piece 1: Derrick White
Spurs fans, I realize that this will probably be an unpopular opinion in most of your minds, as many consider Derrick White to be one of the best players on the team at the moment and someone that many fans consider to be "untouchable." With that in mind, let me remind everyone of a couple of potentially unpleasant facts.
Derrick White is by far the oldest of the players that make up the Spurs' young core, as he'll be turning 27 years old on July 2. Over the course of the past three years, he's also sustained several nagging injuries that have primarily occurred in his feet. Considering that he's entering the portion of his career that many consider being an NBA player's peak years, such injuries are concerning.
Next season could be a very defining year for White-- if he can continue his production that we witnessed in the NBA bubble last summer and stay healthy, he could be a fantastic long-term piece of the Spurs' future. On the other hand, if injuries continue to plague him, no matter how skilled he is, he could end up losing a ton of the value he currently holds.
Don't get me wrong, this would be a risky move for the Spurs for several reasons, and one that I personally would not be comfortable with. The Spurs would have to have significant concerns with White's durability in the future and they would have to be very confident that Simmons would be able to develop an offensive game of any kind.
That said, at this point, if the Spurs do want to make an offer for Simmons, Derrick White holds enough value to limit the loss of too many other assets.