NBA Trades: 10 Players That Could Put San Antonio Spurs over the Top
After Sunday's win against Portland, the Spurs now have the NBA's best record with 20 wins and three losses. They have a claim to being the top team in the league and look like the Spurs teams of old. They lead the league in three-point shooting and have one of the best point differentials of any team in the league.
However, there is the possibility that not all is well in San Antonio. Tony Parker's off-the-court problems could end up coming back to bite him, and animosity does seem to be brewing with him. Since he just signed an extension, he's not going anywhere, which means they'd have to work around that.
Beyond that, might they need another player to make that jump and seal a title for this year? If so, here are 10 players that could work.
10. Baron Davis
Personally, I think this makes no sense, but nonetheless, it could work. Baron Davis is obviously on the way out of Clippertown. If he's traded to a winner, maybe it'll kickstart his drive for the season, and he could be the Baron Davis of old. The Spurs would have to give up too much, and all three guards would lose some playing time, but there's a very off chance it'd work.
9. O.J. Mayo
O.J. Mayo has the talent to be a starter, yet has been struggling. If he were under coach Gregg Popovich, he could probably rebound nicely and would make a great sixth man on the Spurs' roster. They'd probably have to give up George Hill to acquire him, though, when both of them on the bench would be far more productive.
8. Antawn Jamison
Yes, we saw how bad he was in the playoffs last year. That being said, there's no question that he wants to win a title. If the Spurs picked him up, maybe it would light a spark to bring him back to his old self. Plus, Danny Ferry knows what he is and isn't capable of.
7. Raja Bell
Bell has found his old self as a starter on the Jazz, and his old self is just what the Spurs could use. He could make a solid sixth man or even an occasional starter, though I don't see the Jazz getting rid of him. They have playoff aspirations as well.
6. Marcus Camby
Would the Spurs be willing to make a Marcus Camby-Antonio McDyess trade to boost their bench defense and not cause any problems with DeJuan Blair's minutes? Probably not, but he could fit.
5. Andre Iguodala
There has been some talk of moving AI to the Spurs, and he would certainly contribute to their offensive production. However, Richard Jefferson's played very well this year. Would the Spurs be willing to make him or Ginobili a sixth man? I don't think I could see that happening.
4. Samuel Dalembert
Having Dalembert come off the bench and provide some blocks and rebounds could be of help to the Spurs. DeJuan Blair is their center of the future, but having a center at his peak in Dalembert could help out.
This, however, would likely require trading Antonio McDyess, who seems fine as a backup for Blair so far.
3. Shane Battier
Battier's contract is expiring, and it's a safe bet to say that the Rockets are not going anywhere this year. The Spurs and Gregg Popovich feel they need to be better on defense, and Shane Battier would certainly provide that. He may not be able to score much, but he doesn't need to with the offensive firepower the Spurs have.
2. Tayshaun Prince
Pulling this off would be more difficult since the Pistons would want a good amount in return, but he's well-rounded enough that he would fit in very well. He might be better suited on the Spurs as a sixth man, though, and I'm not sure if he would be willing to take that cut, since he's been with Detroit so long. Nonetheless, it's a great fit.
1. No One
The Spurs currently have the best record. Gregg Popovich is going to bring the best out of the Spurs night in and night out. If a piece is struggling, they have the depth to put someone else in. They're a pretty complete team as is, and as long as they can continue to prosper, an NBA title is not out of the question at all.