Spurs eyeing Avery Bradley in trade with Clippers
Thursday’s Feb. 8 trade deadline is upon us, and no major moves have been made yet.
It’s no secret that the San Antonio Spurs are facing their most unusual season in quite some time. Being one of the league’s most consistent teams over the past 20 years, there hasn’t been much time where the team has been without its main star player which has resulted in a consistent 20-year playoff run since 1998.
This season is no exception, where early results appear pointing toward that a 21st postseason berth, but the team lacks the total combination of offensive punch, star power, and leadership that has been familiar over the years. Injuries have slowed the team’s potential, even with an on fire LaMarcus Aldridge, the team could be and will be in much better shape with the return, and consistent play, of Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gay.
Along with the extra offense, another way of offsetting the opponent is through the defense and interrupting their scoring output. The Spurs are currently second to the Boston Celtics in defensive efficiency allowing 101.6 points per game. Leonard has been instrumental as one of the leagues best two-way players in the league, grabbing two Defensive Player of the Year awards and remaining a fearless pillar on the defensive end.
The swingman’s impact has been great, and it appears the team has their eyes set on even more. According to Marc Stein, the Spurs brass has its eyes set on a new Clippers acquisition.
The Spurs have emerged as a trade suitor for the Clippers' Avery Bradley, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 8, 2018
Bradley coupled with Leonard would be the league’s deadliest defensive wing tandem.
The Spurs usually play their cards close to the chest, and potentially adding Bradley gives them a player who can excel in San Antonio, bringing in a similar skillset to Danny Green, but being younger, more aggressive, and most likely cost-effective.
Whether or not this happens will be known soon.