NBA Trade Rumors: Spurs Shopped Doug McDermott and 'Received Lukewarm Interest'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 19, 2022

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The San Antonio Spurs "shopped" veteran wing Doug McDermott over the summer but "only received lukewarm interest" on the market, according to LJ Ellis of SpursTalk.

Per Ellis: "Rival scouts insist that McDermott has a negative trade value due to the two years and $27.5 million he has remaining on his contract. However, the Spurs aren't interested in attaching an asset to McDermott in order to move him."

The 30-year-old remains a dangerous three-point threat, shooting 42.2 percent from beyond the arc last season and 40.9 percent for his career.

While he averaged 11.3 points per game for the Spurs in 51 starts last season—a grade 3 ankle sprain cut his season short in March—he doesn't offer much beyond that perimeter shooting.

That has apparently made the $13.75 million he'll earn in each of the next two seasons a tough sell on the trade market as the Spurs continue their rebuild.

Those efforts started in June when the team traded star guard Dejounte Murray and Jock Landale to the Atlanta Hawks for Danilo Gallinari, first-round picks in 2023, 2025 and 2027, and a first-round pick swap in 2026.

The team promptly cut Gallinari, who went on to sign with the Boston Celtics.

The belief was that the Spurs would use any remaining veterans as trade chips to add younger players and draft assets, as well as use their cap space to take on big contracts in trades—think Russell Westbrook—in exchange for assets.

According to Ellis, Jakob Poeltl and Josh Richardson are "the two Spurs players most commonly involved in trade talk," and the Spurs are seeking a first-round pick for Richardson and two first-rounders for Poeltl.

Additional trades are yet to take place, though, and it appears McDermott isn't moving the needle.


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