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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5. Cameron Johnson

The Nets appear stuck in the middle. They do not control their own first-round draft picks for the next four years after the James Harden trade, so there is zero reason to tank. Brooklyn has talented role players and a chance to make the playoffs, but they lack the stars to make a serious postseason run. Their current situation should put all options on the table before February’s deadline.

The Nets re-signed Johnson to a four-year $94.5 million contract in the offseason. He has shot over 40 percent from 3-point range for two straight years and plays stout defense. Johnson has struggled to get on track this season in part because of injuries, but he could be an option if San Antonio wants to add a 3-and-D forward.

This feels like a lateral move or even taking a step back for San Antonio. Keldon Johnson is three years younger and a career 36.3 percent 3-point shooter. Yes, it was bad last season, but the Spurs had nobody to draw the defense. The current Net is a better defender and shooter but will make $20 more million over the next four years too.

If Cameron Johnson continues to struggle, the San Antonio Spurs may look to buy low but do not count on it. They likely just stick with Keldon in this scenario.