The San Antonio Spurs were unquestionably one of the winners of the offseason after nabbing the number one overall pick in the draft lottery and the right to draft Victor Wembanyama. The most-hyped prospect since LeBron James was added to one of the NBA’s model franchises. San Antonio has young talent, but they are taking their time to build a contender around Wemby.
The Spurs re-signed three players that hit free agency and have opportunistically used their cap space to accumulate more assets. San Antonio is positioned to make a splash whenever they see fit, but they have more moves to make before the start of the regular season.
The Spurs currently have 17 players on guaranteed contracts and must get down to 15. They could just waive two players and move on, but San Antonio is still exploring the trade market in hopes of getting value back in return. How can they do that?
Creative ways San Antonio Spurs can clear their roster logjam
5. Get involved in a blockbuster as a salary matcher
This has been the Spurs' strategy this summer. They were the third team in the Max Strus and Grant Williams sign-and-trades, plus they took Cameron Payne in a salary dump. San Antonio did not look to make a massive splash in free agency. They were happy re-signing a few players and making some wise trades to accumulate assets.
Three marquee names are waiting to get dealt before training camp, but none of the deals appear close. The Spurs can get in the mix and help facilitate those deals. Their cap space is virtually dried up, but San Antonio could move multiple players in hopes of landing a bigger name.
The San Antonio Spurs need to make at least a 3-for-1 trade to clear the logjam. That means acquiring a marquee name, but it would also force the franchise to put more assets on the block.
Damian Lillard, James Harden, or Pascal Siakm will get traded this summer and it could be all three. Can the Spurs make themselves part of the deal? If not, there are other avenues to explore.