The elephant in the room in the form of 33-year-old veteran Thaddeus Young has been a question since he was acquired in the trade for DeMar DeRozan. In the months that have followed, there's been an expectation that the Spurs would trade him since he doesn't fit the team's timeline even though he still has plenty of game left.
The most popular rumor about a potential move centered around the Phoenix Suns having interest, possibly parting with Jalen Smith and Dario Saric in a package. With the recent signing of Bismack Biyombo for the rest of the season and his high level of play, however, that no longer appears likely.
Still, according to NBA insider Marc Stein in his latest Spotify Green Room, "the leaguewide expectation is that Thad is going to get moved."
It hasn't exactly been a secret that Young's time in the Alamo City would be temporary, as he deserves to be on a contender at this point in his career while the Spurs need to give their younger guys minutes. While there still hasn't been another specific team gaining traction in rumors, Stein believes the Spurs should be able to trade him.
Not everyone thinks it'll be that easy for San Antonio though. Sam Vecenie said for The Athletic (subscription required) on Friday morning that he'd "be surprised if anyone ended up making a move to acquire him at the deadline due to how large his contract is."
With the NBA trade deadline happening on February 10th, the Spurs only have a few weeks to find a deal for Young before they end up having to buy him out and lose him for nothing. As I've previously written, that would be the worst of the three ways this situation could end.
To listen to an extended version of the clip with more Spurs talk, you can check out Marc Stein's Substack here.
Let's hope teams start making offers as the clock starts to wind down for the league.