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With stars like Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan on the decline and the verge of retirement, the Spurs are in dire need of rebuilding. While they have been able to make big steals with late picks, they cannot rely on non-lottery picks in the draft to keep the franchise running strong.
Few players ever seem to want to sign with San Antonio, despite the fact that they have an outstanding coach and one of the most well-run organizations in the league. This leaves one option to acquire big names who will help the organization:
However, Duncan, Ginobili and Parker are untouchable. Splitter and Blair are the team's few big men, and if they were to let them go, their lack of size would hurt them even more. Matt Bonner is an underachieving player with a big contract, and no team would want to go anywhere near him.
Kawhi Leonard is the team's emerging star, and it would be very surprising to see him in a uniform other than the black and silver.
Danny Green and Gary Neal's contracts are worth very little, making them very difficult to exchange for quality players.
Stephen Jackson is the only decent trade asset. His expiring contract next year makes him very pleasing to teams looking to rent him for a season. If he manages to reinvent himself in his return to San Antonio, however, they may look to extend the contract.
Draft picks aren't too enticing considering the Spurs haven't missed the playoffs in over a decade.
If they want to remain a dominant franchise, they have few assets to get them a star via trade.