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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2. Lauri Markkanen

The Spurs should focus on maximizing their roster around Victor Wembanyama. What pieces fit best? Who gives them the best chance of contending? Aside from a star point guard, floor spacing, versatility, and offensive firepower should be atop their wish list. Getting a stretch four capable of scoring 20 every night could help them quickly vault into contention.

The Jazz appear stuck in the middle. They have missed the playoffs two straight years, but are not picking at the top of the lottery. Lauri Markkanen has been mentioned in trade rumors and a crucial decision awaits. He has just one year left on his contract and is unlikely to sign an extension because he can get significantly more money if he waits for free agency.

If Utah decides to move on, the Spurs should be ready with a massive offer. The 26-year-old just averaged 23.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 0.9 steals in 33.1 minutes per game. He is in his prime and has shot over 39 percent from 3-point range since joining the Jazz. The Spurs would still need a playmaker, but Markkanen would solve their scoring woes and give San Antonio a dominant frontcourt.

It would cost multiple draft picks, but the Spurs should explore a trade. Lauri Markkanen gives them size and rebounding to go with his offensive punch. It could make San Antonio a contender, but he is not the best player available.