The most recent intel from a week ago came via Jake Fischer at Bleacher Report, who stated the Spurs have fielded numerous calls for the 7-1 center and are seeking a strong return in any deal. Them wanting something big in return makes sense, as Poeltl has been one of the better centers in the league all season and is on a team-friendly contract.
On Friday afternoon, Marc Stein shared a bit more of what he's been hearing from NBA sources. In his Substack column (subscription required), the former ESPN analyst had a blurb about the Spurs' asking price for Poeltl.
"To convince San Antonio, [it] would require a future first-round pick and a quality player," he says. After he was the one who initially broke the news that Toronto was interested in Jakob on January 14th, he also adds the Chicago Bulls to the list of teams with current interest.
Calling Poeltl's contract an "absolute steal", Stein's thoughts are in line with what Fischer previously reported about a strong return being needed.
Should the Spurs Pull the Trigger on Such a Deal?
While this is still a pretty vague report with no other names listed, it's hard to say with a blanket statement that the Spurs should be closed off to a trade as suggested. If the pick is valuable and a returning player fills a need, it could be worth listening.
Still, I still lean toward San Antonio keeping their valuable center for now, as he's been far from the team's problem this season. He's probably the second-most valuable Spur next to Dejounte Murray in terms of running the current system, and it's hard to argue with his production.
With the NBA trade deadline only a few days away on February 10th, it's going to be very interesting to see what offers other teams make for Poeltl if these reports are true.