7 Players the Spurs could replace Keldon Johnson with by the trade deadline

If Keldon Johnson does not fit next to Victor Wembanyama, these seven players could replace him.

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The San Antonio Spurs have their superstar in Victor Wembanyama and are trying to figure out how to build a championship contender around him. They are experimenting with Jeremy Sochan at point guard and playing Wemby at the four. Gregg Popovich and company are trying to figure out what the franchise has before going out and adding pieces.

Keldon Johnson’s role and fit are also being questioned. The 24-year-old is in the first season of a four-year $74 million contract, but how can the Spurs maximize him next to Wemby? Johnson's inconsistent jumper and questionable defense put his fit in question (subscription required) and could force the front office to explore his trade market.

Teams are certainly interested in Johnson, but what could the Spurs get in return? Their focus should be a true point guard or a 3-and-D wing. Neither will be easy to acquire, but here are seven options that likely become available before the trade deadline.

7. Malcolm Brogdon

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year figures to be on the block. Portland is rebuilding after trading Damian Lillard. Brogdon has been a leader and mentor since arriving from Boston in the Jrue Holiday deal, but do the Blazers want to pay him $22.5 million next season? The 31-year-old likely desires a chance to compete for a championship, but what about joining a young superstar on the rise?

Brogdon is a career 38.7 percent 3-point shooter. He would help space the floor in San Antonio and is capable of running the offense. The 6’4 guard has averaged over 20 points per game for a full season and handed out more than seven dimes each night. He is not a superstar, but the veteran would give the Spurs a needed option in the backcourt.

Expect Portland to put their veterans on the trade block and go full rebuild mode down the stretch. The San Antonio Spurs have plenty of draft capital and could be involved in any deal. They may even try to land a veteran point guard to lead their show for a couple of years.