The San Antonio Spurs might be forced to make some moves ahead of the upcoming Feb. 6 trade deadline, working to move swingman DeMarre Carroll and sharpshooter Marco Belinelli.
The Spurs don't have the need to shed assets to get below the luxury tax, but they do have two wings in Carroll and Rudy Gay and a shooter in Belinelli that could become future draft pick assets, according to Jabari Young of CNBC.
San Antonio is working with Carroll’s agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports & Entertainment, to find the wing a new home. Carroll signed a three-year, $20 million deal with the team last offseason. The 33-year-old hasn’t found any playing time under head coach Gregg Popovich and is looking to move on.
There hasn't been much traction as of now for either Carroll or Belinelli, as no serious suitors have stepped up with offers, considering Carroll has barely played this season (2.2 points, 2.1 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game) and Belinelli is considered a significant defensive liability.
Gay has been the major attraction of the trio, but sources say the Spurs' price tag has been simply “too high” for the veteran swingman.
The Spurs could clear the way for some of their young talent by moving their stars DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, but the word “rebuild” is counterintuitive to what they have done for the past 22 seasons — make the playoffs.
Picking DeRozan or Aldridge out of the equation would certainly kickstart a different process for San Antonio, which at one point or another will have to find a way to develop players and make them into the stars of their future.