San Antonio Spurs forward Doug McDermott has played well this season, but his future with the team may be up in the air. While he currently plays an important role for the Spurs, he doesn't fit perfectly with the team's long-term plans considering he's 30 years old.
Yet, he still has two years left on his contract after this season, possibly making this summer the perfect time to move him. A lot will depend on how the Spurs' offseason plays out with the draft and beyond. With that in mind, let’s take a look at whether McDermott could be an offseason trade candidate.
San Antonio pursued McDermott last summer to help them address their lack of shooting, and he certainly has. McBuckets is drilling 42.8% of his threes, which ranks fourth in the NBA in 3-point percentage. Additionally, he’s been highly effective scoring inside the arc, hitting 51% of his shots, proving that he isn’t just a sharpshooter.
All of this makes him incredibly useful to San Antonio, but perhaps even more so to a playoff team. And while trading a player who agreed to join the Spurs a year after he signed seems un-Spurs-like, it does make sense.
So why should San Antonio consider making such a move?