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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Spurs reportedly want to trade picks for established veteran

Gregg Popovich

The San Antonio Spurs have a solid veteran core in place that should be able to compete in a Western Conference that will look much different next season, and they appear to be focused on winning in the short term rather than rebuilding.

According to Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net, the Spurs are looking into the possibility of trading one or both of their first-round picks in Thursday night’s NBA Draft for a veteran player who can contribute immediately. They currently have the 19th and 29th overall picks. San Antonio is also reportedly willing to part ways with a future first-round pick in the right deal.

Both DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge are still under contract with the Spurs, and Rudy Gay seems likely to return. Aldridge was the subject of trade speculation a year ago due to issues he was supposedly having with the team, but those seem to have been resolved.

San Antonio won 48 games this past season and lost to the Denver Nuggets in seven games in the first round of the playoffs. They can never be counted out as long as Gregg Popovich is their coach, and the West could be up for grabs with both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson potentially missing the entire season.



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