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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2. Dejounte Murray could be the second star on the Spurs

Murray is the top player rumored to be available just days before the deadline. The former All-Star has seen his playmaking and defense slip since joining the Hawks, but he was an elite two-way guard playing under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. Murray led the league in steals and averaged over nine assists while scoring 20 each night.

The 27-year-old needs to be his team’s top playmaker to be at his best. He had that in San Antonio but is the secondary creator behind Trae Young on the Hawks. Murray would love to be traded back to the Spurs, and it would be a beneficial deal for all involved.

His 3-point shooting has improved since 2022. Over his last 683 attempts, Murray has made 35.4 percent from long range. One of his biggest knocks has been his shooting, but the 6’5 guard is taking and making triples in Atlanta.

Dejounte Murray could return to his All-Star form in the Alamo. He is just entering his prime and continues to improve. The Spurs would love to add a point guard capable of scoring 20 every night while running their offense and guarding the opposition’s lead ball-handler. Victor Wembanyama would make his life easier this time around, but San Antonio may attempt a bigger swing.