Ranking 5 trade deadline moves by how fast they make Spurs contenders

The Spurs have their centerpiece and should be looking to acquire necessary role players before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich, Victor Wembanyama
San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich, Victor Wembanyama / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs are not jumping into contention this season. They have won just ten of their first 50 games, but Victor Wembanyama is a future superstar. The Spurs should be searching for pieces that fit next to the 7’4 big man. There is zero reason to wait. San Antonio should try to acquire those pieces as soon as possible and return to the playoffs in 2025.

The Spurs need a point guard capable of running their offense. They must acquire another top-end talent and have more draft picks than the franchise can make. San Antonio should strike whenever a no-brainer trade becomes available.

They could make a significant move before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. There will be several point guards and difference-makers available. Here is a look at five the Spurs could add ranked from slowest to fastest in helping them jump into contention.

5. Killian Hayes does not move the needle in San Antonio

The Pistons are rumored to be looking to move on from Hayes, and the Spurs need a point guard. The former seventh overall draft pick is 22 years old with room to grow. He is a flawed player, who struggles on the offensive end. Hayes plays stout defense and has averaged over six assists per game for a full season.

The Spurs are no closer to title contention by adding Killian Hayes, but he is a young point guard capable of blossoming into a key rotation piece for years to come around Victor Wembanyama. The 6’5 guard may be better off as a defensive-minded wing, but his jumper would have to improve. Hayes has work to do, and San Antonio is committed to moving slowly and building their roster correctly around Wemby.

The San Antonio Spurs would love to add a young point guard with significant upside. Killian Hayes may never be their starter, but he has a plus skill. Can the 22-year-old round out his game and become a significant role player? The Spurs should acquire him before the deadline if they believe the answer is yes.

There will be several players available, but what if San Antonio cannot find a ball-handler? They may target a young guard on the Knicks to improve their roster.