2 hyperbolic trades the Spurs need to make right now
After making the playoffs 22 straight times from 1998 to 2019, the San Antonio Spurs have failed to advance to the postseason the last couple of years. The Spurs find themselves in a position they haven’t been quite accustomed to over the previous two decades. After being so dominant for so long, San Antonio is now in a place of mediocrity. Based on their outlook for the foreseeable future given their current construction, it doesn’t seem like they’ll get out of it soon.
San Antonio does not have a proven bonafide star on its roster that they can confidently build around. They have a bunch of young studs in Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker IV, and Devin Vassell, among others. But realistically speaking, none of them are face of the franchise type players who could be the no. 1 guy on a playoff or championship-caliber team.
Of course, one of them could emerge out of the pack and have a breakout campaign this upcoming season. However, San Antonio may be better off if they are able to land a proven All-Star or a player with higher upside than the ones they currently have right now. With that said, here are two crazy trades the Spurs need to pull the trigger on.
Potential Spurs Trades
1. Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons wanting out of Philadelphia is the NBA’s most open secret. The 3-time All-Star has reportedly no intention of showing up to training camp as long as he is still a Sixer. With that, the Spurs should go all in on trying to trade for the 2016 no. 1 overall pick.
Despite Simmons’ low trade value as of the moment, San Antonio will likely need to give up Dejounte Murray in any kind of deal for the disgruntled Sixers star. They may also need to give up at least a first round pick if they want Philadelphia to entertain their offers. If both teams can’t come to terms on an agreement, they may need to bring in a third team to orchestrate a blockbuster deal.
Though Murray has shown flashes of greatness in his four seasons in the NBA, Simmons is still the superior player. Sure, the Australian shooting woes are a major concern. Nonetheless, it’s hard to discredit just how elite Simmons is at the other aspects of his game. One of the most dynamic players in the league, he is an incredibly gifted passer and playmaker and is as explosive as they come on the open floor. In addition, being a 6-foot-11 guard, Simmons is also one of the top and most versatile defenders in the NBA. He finished 2nd in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season and has been named to the All-Defensive team twice.
A change in scenery and going to a team with a less brighter spotlight like the Spurs could work wonders for Simmons. Furthermore, playing for one of the greatest mentors in NBA history in Gregg Popovich could further unlock his already elite skillset.
2. Myles Turner
Myles Turner has seen his name pop up in several trade rumors the past few seasons. This is particularly because of his fit with fellow big man Domantas Sabonis in the Indiana Pacers’ frontcourt. Sabonis has played his best at center, the same position Turner plays. If the Pacers look to finally split the two up and shop around the 2015 no. 11 overall pick, San Antonio should strongly consider getting in the mix for him.
Obviously, Indiana wants to get great value out of their former lottery selection and San Antonio has some nice assets they can throw at the Pacers. The Spurs could open discussions by offering Derrick White and adding a future pick. San Antonio also has some value veterans such as Thaddeus Young and Al-Farouq Aminu whom they could use as salary filler if Indiana wants one of the other young Spurs studs.
Turner hasn’t progressed as much ever since he came into the league. Though he is one of the top shot blockers in the NBA, his stats, for the most part, have remained stagnant over the course of his career. A member of Team USA in 2019, perhaps going to play once again for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio could alter the trajectory of his career.
At 6-foot-11, the Texas Longhorns stud is multi-skilled offensively with the way he can play inside and out and as mentioned, he is one of the best interior defenders in the NBA. The Spurs currently lack a legitimate inside force and Turner would instantly fill in that need for them.