San Antonio Spurs: 2 Trade deadline deals to help set up a bright future

Mar 22, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacts in the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Could the San Antonio Spurs make seismic moves at the trade deadline?

For a team that often moves in silence, the San Antonio Spurs have been heavily involved in trade talk leading up to tomorrow’s trade deadline. Candidly, I can’t recall the last time that the Spurs have been mentioned this often in trade rumors.

It all started when Gregg Popovich announced that the team was exploring trades to move LaMarcus Aldridge to a new team. But since then we’ve seen a gradual trickle of other rumors coming out of the quietest team in the NBA.

Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reported that the Spurs could look to move DeMar DeRozan if they’re unable to come to terms on an extension before the deadline, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer added more gas to the fire when he noted that DeRozan is believed to have an eye on returning to the Eastern Conference while also mentioning that Trey Lyles was looking for a new team as well.

This could all be smoke without substance. With the Spurs, it’s best to be cautious with what you believe. They’re notoriously diligent about not allowing leaks out of their organization and unless you’re hearing it directly from Brian Wright or Gregg Popovich you should view any rumor with a heavy dose of skepticism.

But if these rumors are true and the Spurs are preparing to make seismic moves in the next 48 hours – and that’s an awfully big “if” – here are two deals they could do that would help set them up for the future.


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