The latest rumblings still center around the Atlanta Hawks as the biggest suitors to land the fifth-year guard, possibly in a deal involving John Collins and/or Danilo Gallinari and multiple 1st round picks. There are other teams still being vaguely linked to the Spurs, however. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, and New York Knicks have been rumored to have interest and could have the assets to tempt the Spurs.
Spurstalk's LJ Ellis recently speculated that the Spurs are looking for either four first round picks with little no protections or three minimally protected first round picks plus two unprotected pick swaps.
Given that price, only a few teams could possibly lure San Antonio into a deal, which is where our own Dylan Hunter Carter comes in. As a fan of the trade machine, Carter crafted one package from each of the four teams rumored that could maybe get the Spurs at the table in negotiations.
Since then, the Wizards agreed to trade Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to the Denver Nuggets, which was part of his proposed package from them. In addition to that, Bleacher Report shared Wednesday morning that they believe the Wizards don't have a package that will interest the Spurs. Due to this, I'll be removing that package from these results.
For full disclosure, the Wizards package involved Caldwell-Pope, Deni Avdija, and first round picks in 2024, 2026, and 2028. It finished third in your rankings.
After my last open survey of who Spurs fans wanted in the NBA Draft was a big success, I opened the floor to you all again to ask you to rank each of the packages proposed by Carter. Without further adieu, let's jump into them from worst to best, as ranked by you.
Keep in mind, all of these packages are solely for Dejounte Murray and nothing else.
UPDATE: Minutes after this post was scheduled, the news dropped that the Spurs would be trading with the Atlanta Hawks. We'll keep the polls up just for fun, I suppose.
D'Angelo Russell, Naz Reid, 2023 1st rd pick, 2025 Top-5 protected pick, 2027 1st rd pick
There were 47 respondents to the survey I sent out detailing the four trades. In the survey, the trades were all laid out with a question following asking readers to rank them all from best to worst. I assigned point values as follows:
Worst: 1 point
Second-worst: 2 points
Second-best: 3 points
Best: 4 points
This deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves easily finished in last place with 90 total points. Here's what some of you had to say on the matter:
"Give me the Minnesota package," said @DoubleDogDerek. "With the 2025 first only top-5 protected and D'Angelo Russell on an expiring contract, we could hopefully flip for more assets." Air Alamo's own Jonah Kubicek agreed.
"The Wolves trade is the best because Russell will play one year in San Antonio before he becomes a free agent, meaning Primo and the other young guys have a year of playing behind a really good guard."
Cody Taylor, aka @CMTSportsnStuff on Twitter, echoed these sentiments and was one of five people to rate this the best package of them all. "D-Lo has shown an ability to be a good option on a solid team," he said. "On an expiring deal, he'd have good motivation to want to earn that next big deal. Naz Reid was one of my favorite prospects in the 2019 Draft and I wanted the Spurs and Pelicans to look at him as a 2nd round option, but he ended up in Minnesota."
Most others, however, didn't agree that this package was all that impressive. "The Timberwolves have the most protections on their picks plus the most expensive salary with Russell," said @joshnelson71.
The majority of those who rated this package low turned to the fact that the Timberwolves will probably be good next year, making any picks less valuable -- it's hard to disagree.