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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4. Tyler Herro

The Heat want to add a third star, and trading Herro remains their easiest path to accomplishing that. He was rumored to be in the package for Damian Lillard before the Bucks swooped in and landed the superstar. Miami could look to pull off a blockbuster before the deadline, and Herro is producing the best numbers of his career.

The Spurs were rumored to be interested in taking on Herro in the offseason. They could use an elite shooter and scorer but would have to find a way to hide his defense. Herro is a career 38.4 percent 3-point shooter and is averaging over 20 points per game for the third straight season. He is not a lead ball-handler or playmaker, but would be the best sixth man in the league.

Tyler Herro is currently out with an ankle injury and is in the first season of a four-year $120 million contract. It is a hefty price to pay for a score-first guard who has never rated as an above-league-average player by win shares per 48 minutes. His defense is a problem, but elite scorers are difficult to find.

The San Antonio Spurs likely only take on Herro if they are getting draft capital as part of the return. They could use his scoring off the bench, but would the 23-year-old be happy playing 27 to 30 minutes per game as the sixth man? Herro wants to start and believes he can become an All-Star. His slight frame will always make his defense problematic, but there is certainly untapped potential.