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Should any of Spurs' rumored trade chips be withdrawn?

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To trade or not to trade? That is the question.

When the San Antonio Spurs traded Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for future draft picks and guard Danilo Gallinari, it was the clearest sign that the team is moving toward a full rebuild and going back to what made them a success for decades in the first place.

It's no secret the Spurs are looking to rebuild through the NBA Draft and they have their eyes set on projected No. 1 pick Victor Wembanyama, a 7-2 center from France that has been described as a generation-changing player, being compared to Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.

With big names such as Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook all in the mix to find new teams next season, you can't help but wonder what the Spurs will look like at the start of next season or at the All-Star break in February.

With many tradeable pieces all under contract for next season, should the Spurs look to offload their other key pieces to ensure maximum cap space for next summer?

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Jakob Poeltl

With Deandre Ayton back in Phoenix, once Kevin Durant makes a decision on what he wants to do, the market for a big man will likely open up, and Jakob Poeltl will be one of the biggest names on wish lists, making him very valuable on the trade market.

Poeltl's name has already come up in trade talks last season, with the Charlotte Hornets reportedly showing interest previously in the 7-1 center. Poeltl's former team, the Toronto Raptors, has also expressed interest in acquiring his services once again as they go through a mini rebuild of their own after losing Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan all within the last several years.

Poeltl's contract is the heftiest of all and trading him away would give the Spurs even more cap space going into the summer of 2023.

Verdict: Trade. The Spurs can unload Poeltl's contract while getting draft picks in return for the future.