With the NBA trade deadline just weeks away, the San Antonio Spurs could be active as they look to improve their roster. While a trade appears likely, given that they have three players on expiring contracts, it is unclear which player they could receive in return.
Spurs fans certainly hope that they will aim high so that they can build around the number one overall pick and Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Victor Wembanyama. Moreover, there are several intriguing trade targets that they can pursue—some more realistic than others.
5) Dejounte Murray
The once and future Spur? Former Spurs all-star Dejounte Murray is on the trade block, and rumors have it that the Spurs are interested in re-acquiring their former player. If that's true, then it makes sense. Murray is still only 27 and just signed a relatively affordable 4-year, $120 million deal that should age fairly well since the salary cap is set to explode.
He also has plenty of experience playing with an all-NBA big man in LaMarcus Aldridge, which would help him consistently deliver the ball to Wembanyama in the post, in pick-and-pops, or by tossing lobs. He has also developed into a more than respectable 3-point shooter, hitting 38.3% of his 6 attempts per game this season, resulting in the best efficiency of his career.
The cost of bringing Murray back into the fold would be two first-round picks, a reasonable price considering he is under contract through his prime and has improved on his biggest weakness. Whether the Spurs pony up that much or another team, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, will be known soon, but if San Antonio does end up being the team that lands him, they could be much better for it.