5 Unpopular trades the Spurs should explore this summer

The Spurs should explore these trades to build a contender around Victor Wembanyama.

San Antonio Spurs, Victor Wembanyama, Jeremy Sochan, Devin Vassell
San Antonio Spurs, Victor Wembanyama, Jeremy Sochan, Devin Vassell / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Spurs trade Sochan for an upgrade

San Antonio drafted Jeremy Sochan with the ninth overall pick in 2022. He quickly became a starter and key contributor for the Spurs, but the franchise is still trying to figure out how to maximize him. They tried the point Sochan experiment to begin the season, but it flopped. His talent is clear, but his unique skill set may not fit next to Victor Wembanyama.

Remember, they are both 20 years old. Neither player is a finished product, but the Spurs have a negative-4.5 net rating in 1,156 minutes with the duo on the floor this season. Their 111.1 defensive rating would be tied for fourth best in the NBA, but their offensive rating would be the worst. Both players are shooting 32.7 percent from 3-point range this season and floor spacing will be an issue with neither being the primary creator.

It is early. Jeremy Sochan could develop a consistent jumper. He went from 24.6 percent as a rookie to 32.7 percent on his threes. Can he get to 35 percent and draw respect from the opposition?

If not, the Spurs should explore his trade market. The 20-year-old has significant value. He can guard multiple positions and make plays. San Antonio could acquire a better fit around Wemby and potentially upgrade to a star. The franchise would prefer trading another forward, which is the most likely of the deals this summer.