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REPORT: Spurs exploring trades for 2019 picks to get an established veteran

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It seems the San Antonio Spurs would prefer getting a veteran player rather than drafting and developing a young talent.

According to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops, the Spurs are exploring trading their first-round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft to acquire a proven veteran. San Antonio owns the 19th and 29th overall picks in this year’s draft, along with a second-rounder at No.49.

Per the report, San Antonio may also be willing to include a future first-round pick just to acquire the established player they need.

The Spurs have a core of veteran players composed of LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay — who is set to enter free agency but is widely expected to sign an extension with the team.

Gregg Popovich and Co. seem determined to contend for the championship next season though, which could be the reason why they are leaning on getting more help instead of signing a young player. It doesn’t help San Antonio that the 2019 NBA Draft Class isn’t really that deep despite being loaded at the top.

San Antonio finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 48-34 record, good for seventh in the Western Conference. They took the second-seeded Denver Nuggets to seven games in the opening round of the playoffs before going down in Game 7.

It remains to be seen if the Spurs can pull off the trade, but they will most likely need to add cash or another player to get the “established veteran” they are looking for.