Do the San Antonio Spurs need a trade?
The San Antonio Spurs have been in the forefront of the NBA for almost a decade now. After falling to the Miami Heat in a disappointing way last season in the NBA Finals, the company of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker is looking to continue and protagonist in the league this season. However, the team has failed to win the elites of the NBA this season and there are some questions about the neediness of a trade or not.
There is no doubt that Gregg Popovich’s team is powerful this season. But do they have what it takes to make it to the NBA Finals once again this season?
For sure, Tony Parker is showing more of the same, more of his superb scoring skills and his quickness. Tim Duncan continues to remain a top 3 power forward in the league. Manu Ginobili has found his touches and Kawhi Leonard is contributing as he was expected to. Even Marco Belinelli is gradually emerging as a very capable role player. This addition was very important for the Spurs, as they now have a player who can take over coming off the bench when the team needs it.
Nonetheless, San Antonio might just need more in order to make it to the NBA Finals this season. They will need more if they want to beat teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Spurs have gone 0-6 against the Blazers, the Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets. On the contrary they beat weaker teams, like the Golden State Warriors, the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks. This clearly exposes that the Spurs might need a trade if they want to have another shot to win it all before this group gets separated.
The Spurs do hold a first-round pick in the loaded 2014 draft and they could use it as a chip for a trade. Whilst it is projected to be on the lower end of the first-round, it is still valuable.
San Antonio uses almost its entire depth during the regular season. Role players like Boris Diaw, Belinelli and Patty Mills all play significant roles in Gregg Popovic’s rotation. If the Spurs decided to agree on a trade, they could ship Nando De Colo or Matt Bonner to another team to acquire a player like Andre Miller or Brandon Rush.
Tiago Splitter could also find himself involved in a deal. His $10 million earnings for this season can be considered high, in comparison to what he delivers to the team. A potential Splitter-Mills trade in exchange for Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes could help bot the Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers for example.
The truth is that San Antonio has lots of options. They certainly have a deep roster and they could go all the way with their current formation. At the end of the day, they have always found a way to stay at the top of their game in the end, once the playoffs start. But certainly, a trade would only benefit them at present.