Spurs trade targets ranked from probable to pipe dream

The trade deadline is just weeks away, and the San Antonio Spurs may look to improve, but which potential targets are possible and which are unlikely?

Gregg Popovich, Victor Wembanyama
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1) Trae Young

With Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young reportedly open to playing with Wembanyama, the Spurs shouldn't be shy about pursuing him ahead of the trade deadline. Despite the Hawks making him off-limits in trade talks to retool around him, they may listen to a potential offer from San Antonio.

After all, the Spurs own the rights to their 2025 and 2027 first-round picks and swap rights in 2026, making it much harder for them to rebuild through the draft without control of their own selections. For the Spurs, they would probably be willing to give back all three picks and possibly even the Chicago pick or Toronto's pick in this year's draft for the gifts of Trae Young.

Doug McDermott, Devonte Graham, Cedi Osman, and four picks—none of their own—for an elite scorer and passer who's just 25 and under contract for the next three years is a worthwhile gamble with huge upside. This is considering that he's a top-8 scorer and ranks second in the NBA in assists.

The scoring would draw significant attention from opposing teams, while his passing would ensure that Wembanyama consistently had great looks. Not only that, but it would push Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson down to third and fourth in the pecking order, giving San Antonio plenty of offensive firepower. It's worth a shot.