Spurs Trade Rumors Tracker: Latest Updates Ahead of NBA Trade Deadline
The San Antonio Spurs are in great position in the West (currently holding onto the first seed), but age and injuries continue to be a major concern.
Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan continue to fight off injuries, despite limited playing time, and Tony Parker is holding things together, but that will be harder with a condensed schedule come playoff time.
With the February 21st trade deadline quickly approaching, now would be the time for the Spurs to make a deal.
They have some expendable pieces, and landing some depth would certainly help for the playoff push.
The team dodged a bullet with the recent Tim Duncan injury scare, but it might not be so lucky next time. There are definitely improvements to be made.
Here's a look at some of the recent rumors surrounding San Antonio and its pursuit to improve a near-perfect squad.
Latest Spurs Trade Buzz
UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7:05 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre
Yannis Koutroupis of Hoopsworld.com reports that the San Antonio Spurs could have a plethora of options avail be to them on the 2013 trade dealing day—if they choose to pursue them.
If the San Antonio Spurs want to make a deal, they will have plenty of offers to choose from. The likelihood of DeJuan Blair being moved is high. Blair was a huge surprise for the Spurs early on in his career, but has recently fallen out of the regular rotation after being benched for most of the last two postseasons.
Should the Spurs look to make a bigger splash, they have the $10 million dollar expiring contract of Stephen Jackson to attract teams in need of cap space; Matt Bonner’s contract is also a non-guaranteed for next season and Tiago Splitter is set to become a restricted free agent. The Spurs have been mentioned in association with big names like Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks and Al Jefferson of the Utah Jazz, but they highly value their team’s chemistry and may not want to risk harming that.
Among those mentioned in possible trades, told definitively that Danny Granger not going anywhere, and DeJuan Blair likely to stay put, too.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 21, 2013
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Spurs Interested in Josh Smith
The Spurs already have one of the NBA's deepest rosters and own the league's best record, but that isn't stopping the title contenders from seeking upgrades. Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks is the latest name to hit the rumor mill.
Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports the Spurs are one of the teams that have expressed interest in the versatile forward.
The Spurs are among the teams with interest in Hawks forward Josh Smith, a source told Yahoo! Sports. Keep in mind, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was previously with the Spurs.
Smith leads Atlanta in scoring at 17 points per game while also chipping in nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks per night. His across-the-board production makes him a coveted asset as he approaches free agency at season's end.
It's an interesting link from the San Antonio perspective. The Spurs are on fire with nine wins in their last 10 games and Kawhi Leonard continues to show improvement at the small forward spot. It doesn't seem like they would be prime contenders for a blockbuster deal.
That said, Smith would give them even more star power heading into the playoffs. Adding Smith alongside Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan would give the Spurs a tremendous "Big 4" heading into the playoffs.
Spears didn't say how active the Spurs were in trying to pursue a trade, but it's worth watching to see if San Antonio goes all-in on this season.
Spurs Linked to Al Jefferson
The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly interested in acquiring Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson by the trade deadline.
According to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops, the two front offices have a tight internal connection, linked by a number of people in powerful positions that have ties to both organizations.
With that said, there is talk that the Jazz do not want to lose Jefferson for nothing as an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason, while the Spurs direly need a big man in the middle to help Tim Duncan protect the rim.
Sheridan believes that the Spurs would likely offer one of their point guards (Nando de Colo or Patty Mills), Tiago Splitter (to backup Enes Kanter—who would be the new Jazz starter) and Stephen Jackson (for salary purposes) in exchange for the big man.
Nothing has been confirmed by either side—or likely would until an actual trade comes to fruition—but there’s a chance both franchises are exploring the tenets of a deal that lands Jefferson in San Antonio.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens over the next two weeks on this front.
DeJuan Blair Is Available
UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:24 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, San Antonio will likely move DeJuan Blair this winter, but most probably closer to the trade deadline date.
The San Antonio Spurs will likely move forward DeJuan Blair close to the deadline, ultimately accepting the best final offer for him, sources said. Blair has wanted a trade for more than a year, and clearly will not re-sign with the Spurs as a free agent this summer. The Spurs had tried to canvass the market for a first-round pick, but have relented on that demand. The Spurs could get a second-round pick, or perhaps a player on an expiring deal in return.
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Despite a need for size off the bench, the Spurs continue to shop DeJuan Blair.
Alex Kennedy of Hoops World has the report in which he says:
Blair becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season and it’s unlikely that he re-signs with the Spurs since his role has decreased significantly. Rather than starting and playing big minutes, he’s barely seeing the court. He has been in Gregg Popovich’s doghouse since last postseason.
Popovich has been critical of Blair ever since he landed in San Antonio. First, he took issue with his weight, and then he challenged Blair's maturity.
The 23-year-old has upside, but his limited minutes have hurt his performance. He's posting career lows in minutes (14.1), points (5.3) and rebounds (3.8) per game this season.
While the recent Tim Duncan injury could have prolonged Blair's time in San Antonio, a recent report from Yahoo Sports says there's no structural damage and the injury isn't major—meaning Blair is still expendable.
But it's obvious Pop wants Blair out of San Antonio, and Pop usually gets what he wants.
Spurs Watching Oden
Greg Oden has made plenty of buzz since deciding to attempt an NBA comeback.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 9:12 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant
Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports conducted a phone interview with Oden's agent, Mike Conley, Sr., and the result was fairly promising for the oft-injured center to sign with the Spurs in the coming weeks:
I definitely can see both of those teams (as possibilities), Conley said in a telephone interview with FOX Sports Florida. San Antonio has an aging front line with (Tim) Duncan, and with Duncan and the Admiral (retired David Robinson, who still lives in San Antonio), he would have some great mentors.
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Oden last played in the NBA in 2009, before a plethora of knee injuries forced the former No. 1 pick into early retirement.
With a comeback, Oden could immediately boost any team's interior defense. Before going down in 2009, he was averaging 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in 21 starts.
Oden may not have much interest in heading to San Antonio, but the Spurs could make a very strong pitch. They're leading the West, and the added size could easily make them NBA favorites.
It would also provide Oden an opportunity to play under a storied coach in Gregg Popovich, as well as the chance to learn from one of the league's best big men in Tim Duncan.
If San Antonio is serious in its pursuits, now's the time to ramp up the effort to land Oden.
Spurs Interested in J.J. Redick
Add one more team to list of those showing interest in @jjredick: San Antonio. Magic, from start, have wanted no less than a first for him— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 21, 2013
Redick would be a great boost for the Spurs on the offensive end as he would provide some scoring punch and another perimeter threat.
However, it will likely take a first-round pick to land the talented guard as Stein points out, but that shouldn't be an issue for a win now team like San Antonio.