4 San Antonio Spurs who increased their trade value this season

These Spurs improved their trade value if the front office decides to get aggressive in building around Victor Wembanyama.
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2. Tre Jones

The Spurs tried the Jeremey Sochan experiment to begin the season, instead of making Jones their starting point guard. He signed a two-year $19 million contract to stay in San Antonio during the 2023 offseason, but it is clear Gregg Popovich and company view him as a reserve. The Spurs were significantly better with Jones on the floor this season, but expect the franchise to add an upgrade for the 2024-25 campaign.

Jones was finally returned to the starting lineup as the calendar flipped to 2024. Over his final 48 games, the 24-year-old averaged 11.3 points, 7.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 30.3 minutes per game. He shot 52.8 percent from the field, 38.8 percent on his threes, and 86.4 percent from the foul line during that stretch.

Jones will be on a $9.1 million expiring contract next season. He is comfortable being the Spurs backup point guard? The 6’1 guard may need to request a trade if wants to start. San Antonio will have at least one lottery pick and is likely to select a young point guard to pair with Victor Wembanyama. They will want to give plenty of minutes to their addition, which could leave Jones playing under 25 every night.

Tre Jones did nothing but improve his value this season. At worst, he cemented his status as one of the best backup point guards in the NBA. Jones may want a shot to start like his older brother, Tyus, got in Washington this season. Tre was the Spurs starter in 2023 and should get San Antonio positive value if they decide to trade him.