Why the Spurs might decide to be more conservative
Conversely, if the Spurs are interested in a player expected to be taken in their projected draft range, such as Keegan Murray, then they might not bother to trade up. In that case, it would be a preferable alternative to giving up so many picks to move up four spots.
In fact, considering the top half of the lottery lacks consensus outside of the top three, they could actually end up drafting a player that's high on their board. Take last year’s draft, for instance. The Spurs selected Joshua Primo 12th overall despite most mocks having him going late in the first round.
While that decision was questioned at the time, he’s proven to be a great choice, and they could do the same in this year's draft. That would probably negate the need to trade up, but they'd still have the option to if a player stands out during the pre-draft process.
Overall, San Antonio's deadline moves give them plenty of options in the upcoming NBA Draft. They’ll have four picks, but whether they look to package them will depend heavily on the draft lottery. Were the Spurs to end up with a high pick, then there may not be a need to trade up.
Instead, they could look to pair their remaining picks to acquire another lottery selection. Alternatively, if they end up selecting 7th or later, they could go all-in in hopes of trading into the top-3, but only if they believe there's a franchise changer there.
If they don't, then another player high-up on their draft board could still fall to them. In which case, the Spurs could then look to combine their remaining selections to move up into the back half of the lottery. The Spurs should seriously consider pairing their new picks to move up in the 2022 NBA Draft, just not with their own pick.