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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1. Trae Young gives Spurs star PG they must acquire

The Hawks are a rumored seller before the trade deadline, but Young is reportedly one of their untouchables. If they part with most of the talent around him, will the 25-year-old be willing to captain a rebuild over the next few years? He has yet to reach his prime, but the Hawks' 2021 run to the conference finals may have Ice Trae looking to join a contender.

Young is an elite playmaker and scorer. He is averaging 27.3 points, 10.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 36.6 minutes per game this season. The 6’1 guard has deep shooting range and will maximize the space on the floor.

He struggles on the defensive end, but who better to boost him than Victor Wembanyama? Having the 7’4 big man on the backline cleans up a lot of messes. The Spurs would have to hide Young and protect him on defense, but his issues are mitigated playing next to Wemby.

With Trae Young and Victor Wembanyama, the San Antonio Spurs would be a playoff contender in 2025. They would need more pieces to jump into the title race, but having an All-Star point guard and budding star big man is a fantastic start. The Spurs have work to do and will likely make a massive splash soon. Wemby won’t want to wait, and his play is rapidly improving, so stay tuned.