7 Veteran trade candidates worth Spurs acquiring for multiple draft picks

The Spurs may try to pull off a blockbuster trade before the 2024 NBA Draft.
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4. Brandon Ingram

The trade winds are swirling in New Orleans, and Ingram could be moved (subscription required) this summer. The Pelicans do not want to give him a max contract, and he is entering his final year before free agency. Now is the time to trade the All-Star forward to maximize his value.

Ingram is an elite scorer who is just entering his prime. The 6’8 forward averaged 20.8 points, 5.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 32.9 minutes per game as he shot 49.2 percent from the field. Ingram is a plus-shooter and creator. He would give the Spurs a significant boost after finishing 26th in offensive rating.

There are defensive questions, and Ingram has never advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs. He has all the talent, but putting it together to lead a winner has not happened yet. It would give San Antonio size and scoring next to Wemby, but the Spurs would still need a point guard.

It would cost multiple draft picks to trade for Brandon Ingram. He is best suited as the third or fourth-best player on a contender. San Antonio has their number one but would need another star to maximize this fit. BI likely finds a new home this summer. The Spurs seem unlikely, but stranger things have happened.