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Spurs Rumors: Front Office is Making Calls for Potential Trades

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Contrary to how they normally operate, the San Antonio Spurs keep appearing in rumor columns all over the internet as the NBA trade deadline approaches.

There have already been reports from multiple sources confirming several teams having an interest in Jakob Poeltl, who's having a career season in San Antonio. There have also been reports about teams like the Atlanta Hawks inquiring about Derrick White, who's still an impactful two-way player despite having a down offensive season.

The latest rumor from Matt Moore of Action Network states the Spurs made a call themselves about someone who could bolster up their frontcourt. "The Phoenix Suns have taken calls from the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, and Toronto Raptors for young backup Jalen Smith," he says.

Per Sam Amico at Hoops Wire, the Suns are open to trading Smith and have been receiving plenty of interest ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

The Spurs have had ties to Smith in a potential trade centered around Thaddeus Young dating all the way back to September 2021, but nothing has yet been set in stone. The 6-10 power forward had the best stretch of his young career in late December and the first week of the new year. Over a six-game stretch, he averaged 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds while shooting 55.4% for Phoenix.

With the size needed in San Antonio and being just 21 years old, Smith would fit perfectly into the Spurs' system and help them improve their noticeably shallow frontcourt. With the resurgence of Bismack Biyombo, the Suns could afford to lose him but may no longer have a need for Young as a veteran piece to take them over the top.

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As the NBA trade deadline draws closer (Thursday at 3 p.m. ET), expect to hear more chatter around plans the Spurs are making on this front and across the NBA.

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