Even though the upcoming trade deadline is expected to be less active than ones in recent years, it is still an exciting, nerve-wracking time to be an NBA fan. Even if trades do not necessarily go down in the end, the number of rumors that abound from every source out there seemingly makes for a chaotic, fun experience in which you do not know what to believe anymore.
The San Antonio Spurs are always their low-key selves during the trade deadline, refusing to acknowledge they have had discussions with any team but still open to a move if the right deal comes along. A few years ago, they nearly swapped Brent Barry for J.R. Smith. The trade fell through at the last minute, apparently.
The biggest move they made was dealing Malik Rose and his lovable personality and bad contract for the size and length of a then-young, agile Nazr Mohammed. A perfect low-post player to put alongside Tim Duncan, the Spurs went on to win the 2005 title as a result of Mohammed's strong play in the post.
As of now, I would be surprised if the Spurs make a last-minute move. Yes, T.J. Ford retired on Monday, and many believe the team does not have a backup point guard; but Gary Neal has played both the one and two spots with confidence this season. The Spurs will not make a reach to get a backup point guard at this point, despite the unfortunately loss of Ford.
However, that does not mean they will not make a move at all.
Here are five players that they should target with the deadline fast approaching.