The San Antonio Spurs have been heavily involved in trade rumors leading up to the NBA Trade Deadline. Between Jakob Poeltl, Doug McDermott, and Josh Richardson, the Spurs have several veterans that could be remarkably valuable to contending teams.
As such, the Spurs are no doubt taking their time evaluating their options to ensure they get the best possible return for their assets. San Antonio already made one smart move on Tuesday, sending cash considerations to the Miami Heat in exchange for former Spur Dewayne Dedmon and a 2028 second-round pick. Could this trade be indicative of more movement before the deadline?
Either way, the Spurs are continuing to load up on future draft picks to help the team get back to their usual winning ways as soon as possible. Let's look at the San Antonio Spurs' updated stash of draft picks for the remainder of the decade.
San Antonio Spurs updated draft picks after Dewayne Dedmon trade
2023 first-round pick (Own)
2023 first-round pick (from Hornets)
2023 second-round pick (from Pacers)
2024 first-round pick (Own)
2024 second-round pick (from Lakers)
2025 first-round pick (Own)
2025 first-round pick (from Bulls)
2025 first-round pick (from Hawks)
2025 second-round pick (Own)
2025 second-round pick (from Bulls)
2026 first-round pick (Own)
2026 first-round pick (from Hawks)
2026 second-round pick (Own)
2026 second-round pick (from Pacers or Heat)
2027 first-round pick (Own)
2027 first-round pick (from Hawks)
2027 second-round pick (from Thunder, Rockets, Pacers, or Heat)
2027 second-round pick (Own)
2028 first-round pick (Own)
2028 first-round pick (from Celtics)
2028 second-round pick (from Nuggets)
2028 second-round pick (Own)
2029 first-round pick (Own)
2029 second-round pick (Own)
It is becoming increasingly clear that the Spurs are in excellent shape with their future draft capital. Between the 2021 transaction that sent DeMar DeRozan to Chicago, last season's deadline deal with the Celtics for Derrick White, and the summer 2022 trade that sent Dejounte Murray to Atlanta, San Antonio has been busy capitalizing on their players to build for the future.
Tuesday's deal with the Heat was the latest in a string of calculated moves by the Spurs to rack up more picks that will give the franchise increased leverage in trade discussions later down the road. While the team from Alamo City is sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, they are in a prime position to change their fortunes in a few years.
Not only will San Antonio have the chance to obtain a franchise-changing cornerstone like Victor Wembanyama or Scoot Henderson with a potential top-three draft selection this offseason, but their ever-growing collection of picks will give them the best opportunity to become a championship contender again.