NBA Trade rumors are heating up, but Spurs should remain patient

The hawks are shopping again john collins. Should the spores to be interested in?

Marilyn Dubinski: I think if the Spurs were really interested in Collins they would have made a move with the many previous chances they had. He was tied to them while he was still on his rookie contract and they needed a power forward a lot more and they didn’t take it. They weren’t chasing him as a restricted free agent (at least not desperately), and if they really wanted a playable role in exchange for Dejounte Murray, they could have claimed Collins at the time, but they didn’t. At this point, I imagine the Spurs would rather continue developing Jeremy Sochan as a power forward and hedge their bets on hitting Victor Wembanyama or another forward in a deep draft.

Mark Barington: I do not think so. He’s only 25, so he might fit the Spurs timeline, but he’s not a team leader, and they’re not interested in adding a player making more than $25 million a year in the 2025-2026 season who just a is complementary player.

Bruno Passos: How much can change in a year. I was (and remain) a fan of what Collins can offer any team looking for an upgrade, even if they don’t knock on the door. At least that was the impression most had of Spurs 12 months ago, but in the long run it’s pretty clear they shouldn’t be in the John Collins business. Keep your pick, stay bad and do what the Spurs of yore would do: wait to sign him when he’s 34 and good for a solid 14 minutes a night off the bench.

Jesus Gomez: I’d say yes if it weren’t for the fact that Spurs are sitting a multitude of lads every night, suggesting that despite getting off to a strong start, they don’t feel like competing at the moment. It’s totally understandable and I’d say wise that that’s the plan, but it makes big win-now moves hard to justify. It’s also difficult to see any meaningful trade given the Hawks have a solid starting center, meaning they probably wouldn’t be interested in Jakob Poeltl. It’s a little strange that Atlanta is constantly trying to move a good player, but Spurs should probably sit that one out.

JR Wilco: Why would the team sign for more talent when they are barely playing the talent they have. No one on the team would admit it, but for the first time in my life I have no doubts about it PATFO able to make the decision to refuel – and that they made that decision.

The Spurs need a backup point guard and Immanuel Quickley might be available. Would it fit well?

Deep: I don’t know much about Quickley, but at this point anyone who is more than a fringe NBA player will be an upgrade from what they have (no offense to Jordan Hall). The problem isn’t so much the lack of a point guard behind Jones as if he misses a game, Spurs have nothing. Point Sochan’s idea is fun, but it’s too much to rest on the rookie forward’s shoulders and unsustainable should Jones be out for a long time. So, yes, if a backup point guard becomes available, go for it.

Barrington: I think Quickley would be a player who would be able to step in straight away and help Spurs win games, which is a good reason why Spurs don’t want to take him on in a mid-season move. The goal this year is to develop players and have a good chance of designing a future franchise centerpiece. Signing a veteran player to take minutes away from young players and help the team win games does not advance either of those goals.

Steps: With Blake Wesley weeks away from what will likely be a gradual, patient return to gaming, I wouldn’t mind some sort of placeholder that offers a bit of structure and stability and makes the losses a little bit easier to watch. However, I don’t think this should come at the expense of the kind of collateral I accept curtsy would want to go back for Quickley. I don’t necessarily think adding him would undermine the Spurs’ lottery chances, but they can likely address their immediate needs without diving into the picks’ piggy bank.

Gomez: Quickley is the right age and at his best has the kind of skills that would complement Tre Jones as he can score and shoot from long range. But is he the starting point guardian of the future? I won’t blame him for being buried on the bench by the notoriously stubborn Tom Thibodeau, but even when he was getting minutes he looked more like a potentially great replacement than a likely long-term starter. With Jones close by, Wesley returning at some point, and a couple of good point guard prospects in the draft ahead, it would probably be better not to use assets on someone who wouldn’t be at the core right away. That said, if it just takes a veteran and a second-rounder to get him, then sure.

Wilko: Unless he’s been identified as the perfect cultural partner, there’s no need to do anything mid-season to try and win more games. (See previous statement on refueling.)

If you had to guess which lane currently in the roster will be traded before the end of the season, who would you pick?

Deep: The trio of Josh Richardson, Doug McDermott and Jakob Poeltl are the most likely candidates, and I am on the plate saying I don’t want Spurs to trade Poeltl and don’t think they should until they see how the draft goes (and until then re-signing it would be a question). Of the remaining two, I see more teams interested in Richardson’s two-way game and his expiring contract, and at the same time he just hasn’t been that good so far this season, while McDermott brings the Spurs some much-needed shooting. My vote goes to Richardson.

Barrington: It pains me to say this, but I think the lead most likely to be traded will be Jakob Poeltl. Just because he turns 30 in 2025 and will be an unrestricted free agent by the end of the season. The earliest Spurs are expected to compete is two or three years from now, but Spurs could try to re-sign him if the price isn’t too high if they think he fits into that schedule. I’m concerned that performances like his 31-point blast against the Grizzlies earlier this year could push the price beyond what the Spurs are willing to pay and they may be tempted to nudge him into a draft pick or two, instead of letting him join the team without compensation.

Steps: McDermott, Richardson and even Bates-Diop should all have some interest from competitors and be available for more reasonable returns. Poeltl may have the higher demand from some suitors, but that will presumably come with a higher price tag from Spurs’ side, and there are only so many fake trades involving a starting center that, for all its virtues, don’t do it distribute soil. There’s a chance everyone will move (and I’m guessing Spurs will be on the phone for everyone) but I’ll put out a different name and say KBD, if only because there might be more teams in play for a 3-4, that’s having a strong season and could fit into virtually any team.

Gomez: Richardson is probably the most likely candidate because he can just come off the bench and help any contender right away. But I also think Isaiah Roby could be moved at some point. Freeing him from waivers was a good idea, but it seems Gregg Popovich likes KBD more, so there’s little reason for him to be around. He makes very little money by NBA standards, is young and athletic and I’m sure someone will be interested if the price is low enough.

Wilko: Richardson is my pick. I agree it’s between him and McBuckets and Jakob, but I nod to Josh for the versatility of his abilities. He handles and shoots and tries to defend himself. This makes him interesting for many different teams, which makes him the most likely in my eyes.

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