Spurs thrown back in exciting trade rumors after turning page on draft

The 2024 NBA Draft is in the rearview, and the San Antonio Spurs still have roster improvements to make—Trae Young could help, and he reportedly prefers SA.
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The NBA draft has come and gone. At this point, whether you approve of the Spurs' decision to trade the number eight overall or not, it's time to move on. There is still work to be done and San Antonio remains a hot topic of conversation whenever trade targets and free agents are discussed. Longtime NBA observers know that the roster isn't set in the middle of the summer—there will be plenty of opportunities to upgrade the team before tipping off the next season.

The fact that Alamo City is frequently mentioned in rumors doesn't mean that all of those options are sincerely available. But it does insinuate a legitimate increased interest that didn't exist before Victor Wembanyama's arrival. It turns into a numbers game then, and the chances that there is merit to at least some of the chatter become undeniable.

Trae Young reportedly prefers Spurs as potential trade destination

An Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs trade has been discussed all offseason. The talk actually started back during the season, near the trade deadline, when the notion of the pair teaming up was floated. It remains the most discussed trade fantasy in the media but there is a reason for that. The timing is perfect, and the need for a floor general who can space the floor while distributing as a playmaker at a high level is a priority.

If you wanted Rob Dillingham, you should be fine with Trae Young. The prolific point guard has proven that he can score consistently in pressure-packed moments. He's still young enough to improve and grow with the team. A lineup of Young, Stephon Castle, Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan and Victor Wembanyama has a ton of potential on both sides of the ball.

One of the best parts about Ice Trae is his mentality. He is not scared of the moment. Putting him next to Wemby and Castle adds to a culture of dogs who want nothing more than to win. It's not just the right kind of player, it's the right kind of person. If the Spurs can get this done, it's only up from there.