Now in his fifth NBA season, Chris Quinn has only just become a part of the San Antonio Spurs. But his time in Texas may already be drawing to a close.
Quinn isn't exactly an integral part of the team's success. In fact, he's averaging just 6.2 minutes per game, a number which means he's getting less court time than ever before. Quinn's 1.9 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game can be easily replaced.
The point guard is also the Spurs' easiest player to trade. His $804,131 salary allows San Antonio to receive a player in return, so long as that player's salary doesn't exceed $964,957. Otherwise, the Spurs wouldn't be allowed to make a trade in which Quinn was the only player involved on the Spurs' end.
No team is going to consider Quinn a steal at this point in his career, so he isn't really a prize to be fought over by the other 29 teams in the NBA. The Spurs are going to have to sweeten the deal. The easiest way to do this would be to include a first-round draft pick.
Normally that would be a good bit to give up, but with a potential work stoppage looming, many underclassmen may choose to return to school instead of entering the 2011 NBA Draft, so the talent pool will be significantly more shallow this season than normal. The Spurs are going to have a pick towards the tail end of the first round, so including the first-rounder won't be that much of a loss.
As for the player they'd get in this trade, San Antonio would love to employ Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for the remainder of the season. Very reminiscent of Bruce Bowen, Mbah a Moute is a versatile player that can be used on defense against four different positions.
He may be somewhat of a liability on offense at this point in his career, but the defense makes up for it. The current Milwaukee Bucks' salary is $854,389, so the math checks as well.