Even though they've been playing their basketball lately, the San Antonio Spurs are hoping the new year brings them even more consistency. A couple of roster shake-ups could help speed up that process if they opt to explore that avenue.
While the organization is seemingly allergic to mid-season trades, there's at least one elephant in the room that will need to be addressed at the power forward position, and contenders should come calling regarding him and a few other pieces.
I wouldn't expect a seismic shift of roster changes to hit San Antonio before the trade deadline on February 10th, but there's a decent chance they at least make one or two minor moves to set themselves up better for the future.
Here's where I think the entire roster stands in terms of their likelihood of being traded.
The first tier of guys I'll be highlighting are the guys who are safe to keep their bags unpacked. Whether it's their current play, their high ceiling, or their future potential, these guys shouldn't and likely won't be involved in any trades by the Spurs this season.
The guy is nearly averaging a triple-double and is the only reason the San Antonio Spurs will likely be in play-in tournament contention come April. Dejounte Murray shouldn't be on the trading block for any reason, even if Ben Simmons is in play.
Watching Keldon Johnson's sudden and drastic improvement from the outside has been impressive. For a third-year player to vault from shooting 13% from the outside to being one of the most accurate shooters in the NBA just speaks to his work ethic and desire to improve.
Gregg Popovich shared a special offseason with Johnson with Team USA, and both gained valuable experience from the gold medal run that I don't think either will forget anytime soon. I can't see the Spurs trading the man who could become their next star so soon in his career.
Shifting more toward overall potential, I just can't see a world where the Spurs give up on Devin Vassell so soon either. The 21-year-old impacts the game on both ends for virtually every minute he's on the court, and his maturity and professionalism fit San Antonio perfectly.
Of the entire young core, I think Vassell has the most potential to be the Spurs' best all-around player within the next couple of years.
A trade involving Joshua Primo would almost be as confusing to me as trading away Dejounte Murray. The Spurs could've opted for an "impact now" player with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft but they opted for a future investment instead. To give that away when the kid barely just turned 19 would make the whole draft one big question mark.