August 16, 2022

The NBA Finals are past the midpoint, which means the NBA Draft is getting closer. With 12 days until June 23 and the Spurs holding three first-round picks (9th, 20th via the Raptors and 25th via the Celtics) plus the 38th second-round pick, there are plenty of rumors swirling about what they could do with everything. this stock, so let’s take a look at some of the more credible ones.

Don’t expect Spurs to stick with the draft

The first – and perhaps least surprising – rumor comes from NBA Big Board’s Rafael Barlowe (subscription required), who reports that the Spurs are actively looking to move up the draft and hope to “solidify” some of their picks because they don’t. do not. plan to bring three or four recruits to boot camp. (Note that all three first-round picks would be on guaranteed deals unless hidden overseas.)

These two approaches likely go hand-in-hand, as any team willing to trade in the draft would likely always want at least one pick in return, if not more. Even though teams like the Rockets and Kings have expressed openness to trading their top 4 picks, executing such a trade could be difficult for the Spurs, as those teams would be looking for potential franchise changers in return, and to Just about all Spurs have to offer in this regard is Dejounte Murray. It would be a costly trade for Spurs, and even then it might be overkill to give Murray that title (for now).

A more likely scenario would be for Spurs to pack their two late first-round picks (and/or their second-round pick) to move to the middle of the first round. The Hornets, for example, have the 13th and 15th picks in the draft and have expressed interest in some Spurs players in the past, so maybe there’s room for negotiation there. Another potential trade partner could be the Nuggets, who would look to shore up their depth chart via the draft and could trade the 21st pick to Spurs for the 20th and 25th. At least it would achieve the goal of reducing Spurs’ total picks. Spurs have plenty of options to consider with these two picks, so don’t be surprised if they don’t choose one of these two places in the end.

Are Spurs a potential trade target for OG Anunoby?

The draft is (hopefully) a way for the Spurs to strengthen their forward positions, but if they seek more immediate help, they could have a suitor in the Raptors’ OG Anunoby. The 6’7″ short forward just finished a season averaging 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals, but he’s reportedly unhappy with his role on his team current player, who has plenty of depth at forwards with established star Paskal Siakam and 2022 Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes.

A former NBA executive told NBA Analysis Network the following:

“If the role is a concern for OG Anunoby, as it appears to be, Spurs may be his best bet. They don’t have a superstar taking a ton of shots and they could use a stronger wing to play the four next to Keldon Johnson.

Anunoby ticks many boxes for the type of player Spurs will be looking to add this summer, and he’s about to enter year two of a relatively friendly four-year, $72 million deal. While I’m not sure they can’t trade the 20th pick to the Raptors, the Spurs could find a draft overnight deal that sends the 25th pick and someone like Josh Richardson and/or Jakob Poeltl to Toronto. , or they could wait for free agency and maybe execute something like a signing and a trade involving Lonnie Walker. Either way, given Spurs’ needs this off-season, it’s a notable one to watch.

Add Collin Sexton to list of big names linked to Spurs in FA

The Spurs are one of the few teams with cap flexibility this summer, and along with future free agents Zach LaVine and Deandre Ayton, now Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton has been listed as a potential target for the Spurs. While most Spurs fans might scoff at the idea of ​​another guard, the 6’1” Sexton would provide Spurs with the top scorer they currently lack. He missed all but 11 games last season with a torn meniscus in his left knee, but before that he averaged 24.3 points and 4.4 assists in the 2020-21 season. If he doesn’t command too much money, he could be a good fit for a Spurs side that needs his goalscoring skills.

While this particular rumor sounds a lot more like it than anything based on actual front office talk, it’s all worth keeping, especially for a team with as many options this summer as Spurs. .