The NBA trade deadline is now only three weeks away and plenty of rumors have been circulating in recent weeks, including many involving the usual suspects from the San Antonio Spurs: Doug McDermott, Jakob Poeltl, and Josh Richardson. Poeltl has by far been in the news the most lately, however, with the Athletic's Shams Charania most recently reporting (subscription required) that the 27-year-old center has drawn "significant interest" from the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics, potentially among others.
The Spurs almost never trade within the Western Conference, but that certainly hasn't stopped the team from doing business with Eastern Conference teams. So despite the Warriors and Clippers needing a bit of an upgrade at the center position, if history is any indicator, then Spurs fans will need to be on the lookout for any trade possibilities coming out of the East. And if there's any under-the-radar candidate that could swoop in for a trade in the final hour, it's the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards have been in a bit of a logjam at both forward positions for some time now, with all of Deni Avdija, Rui Hachimura, Corey Kispert, and Kyle Kuzma all fighting for minutes against one another. And while Kristaps Porzingis has primarily been playing as the Wizards' starting center this season, if you consider him to be more of a power forward, his name can debatably be thrown into that logjam as well. Given the trajectory of the team this season and beyond, it was clear that a tough decision was inevitable, and it appears as if Hachimura is the odd man out.
The Spurs have yet to be linked to many players in trade talks this season in a significant way, as they are clearly prioritizing accumulating draft capital rather than established players, but having a chance at a 24-year-old Hachimura for the right price could begin to turn heads in the Spurs front office. Here's what a Spurs-Wizards trade could look like that would bring Hachimura to the Alamo City and whether or not the trade would make sense for both sides.