1. Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell may not be available before the trade deadline, but the Cavaliers have a difficult decision to make over the next year. The four-time All-Star has a player option in the summer of 2025, but Cleveland cannot afford to let him hit the open market. They need to re-sign him to a long-term deal this summer or explore his trade market.
Mitchell is an elite scorer and a proven playoff contributor. The 6’3 guard is just entering his prime and is unquestionably a star. The Spurs are going to need a number two if they want to contend for a championship. Victor Wembanyama is ready to be their number one, but having a star guard to complement him takes San Antonio to another level.
It does not hurt to take Cleveland’s temperature now. The Cavaliers are fourth in the Eastern Conference and believe they can contend for a title. If Mitchell refuses to sign a long-term deal, the franchise has to get something in return. It will certainly be a blockbuster trade, and the Spurs figure to be one of several teams with interest.
The San Antonio Spurs need more talent around Victor Wembanyama and that includes stars. They have the assets to make a massive splash, but when will they do it? The Spurs will build a contender around Wemby. They are taking their time, so stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.