Spurs at center of stunning draft suggestion sparking interesting Hawks proposal

The latest mock draft from ESPN's Jonathan Givony suggests the San Antonio Spurs deal with the Atlanta Hawks to trade up for Zaccharie Risacher but what if the potential deal went a step further.
Zaccharie Risacher
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At this point, the Spurs' offseason conversations align with the current MCU storyline. The possibilities are endless, presenting a multiverse-like feel to the narrative surrounding the organization. What San Antonio will do is a mystery, as there have been conflicting reports about their intended direction, leading to infinite speculation.

Fans know this is somewhat normal. The front office is notoriously tight-lipped about their plans, and that won't change just because there are more prying eyes, so draft day can't come soon enough. But as it stands, there are still weeks between now and the 2024 NBA Draft. As such, it's only right to explore all possible scenarios for Alamo City's basketball squad.

In a recent mock draft done by Jonathan Givony, he floated the notion of the San Antonio Spurs expediting their timeline by trading both picks to the Atlanta Hawks for the number one overall pick. The idea would be to take Zaccharie Risacher. That led me to think about the full potential of a deal with Atlanta, considering the chatter about their desire to move on from one or both of their star guards, Trae Young and Dejounte Murray.

Consider the framework of a potential Hawks and Spurs deal

There may be a few adjustments that need to be made here—maybe more picks and players—but the framework is solid. This would be a massive deal for both teams, as the Hawks are armed with plenty of picks to hard reset their franchise. Whether they keep Keldon Johnson or flip him for more assets is up to them, but either way, he has shown that he can score in this league. At 25 years old, a 16-point per game scorer on a team-friendly contract is a valuable asset.

This point has been expressed before, but it bears repeating: players are not finished products at 25 years old. Since players are routinely entering the league at a younger age, fans seem to think they peak sooner than they did in earlier generations. That's not the case. Players like KJ are still growing into the players they are destined to be.

But if you can add Dejounte Murray to this team, he would be invaluable. Fans know that he can run pick-and-rolls or pick-and-pops at a high level. He did so with LaMarcus Aldridge as a very young player. As a veteran, he's only improved his three-point percentage, reads and understanding of when to attack. His length would be welcome on the perimeter and a reintroduction to Coach Popovich's system will demand that he re-focus on the defensive end.

Zaccharie Risacher is the wild card here. He just turned 19 years old in April, but his potential is sky-high. Despite being so young, Risacher has been playing in professional leagues overseas for three years. During his career, he's averaged 40 percent from distance. He's 6'9 with a 6'10 wingspan. Risacher can defend positions 2-4, and when you watch him play, you can see immediately how he could make an impact.

His film showcases an off-ball prowess that will come in handy next to Victor Wembanyama. The young prospect from France will cut well off the Spurs' big man, and his transition ability will help San Antonio get easy baskets.

This path would be a major step in ensuring the Silver and Black compete for a playoff spot next season. There are a few more boxes to check off to fill out the roster with more adept talent, but a strong starting lineup would be taken care of if you added these two next to Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan and Victor Wembanyama.