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Jaylen Brown and Other 2020 Trade Targets for the Spurs

| May 19, 2020 3:45 am PDT
2020 Potential Trades for the San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs have to make a conscious decision heading into next season. Does Gregg Popovich want to get aggressive and try and win right now, or is it all about positioning themselves for future success?

San Antonio has been stuck in neutral ever since Kawhi Leonard was shipped to Toronto, and DeMar DeRozan becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021. Unless R.C. Buford is content settling for mediocrity, he’s going to have to bolster his roster.

With that thought in mind, here are 3 potential trades for the San Antonio Spurs that they could explore over the summer — or whenever the 2019/2020 NBA season is officially in the books.

Jaylen Brown, SG, Boston Celtics

Boston inked Jaylen Brown to a $115 million extension in October and may be reluctant to move him in a trade. Then again, if the Celtics come to the conclusion that they don’t have enough size to contend with Milwaukee or Philadelphia, why continue beating the same old drum?

LaMarcus Aldridge is due to make $24 million in 2020/2021 — almost the identical number of Jaylen’s 2020/2021 salary. It’s evident that the C’s are missing a low post presence, and the litany of talented perimeter players on their roster actually makes Brown expendable.

Boston would get a big man who can help them right away, while the Spurs would land a franchise wing player who adds value now and in the future.

Sounds like a win-win to me.

Andre Drummond, C, Cleveland Cavaliers

If Cleveland catches wind that Andre Drummond isn’t going to stick around past next year, they may as well try and collect whatever compensation they can. Likewise, if they don’t plan on offering Drummond a max deal, they should really push the envelope and move him out of town.

The Spurs would gladly swap bigs with the Cavs and even toss in Brynn Forbes or Derrick White to help pacify the deal. Landing Andre Drummond would make guys like DeMar DeRozan and Patty Mills want to stick around, and it would enable Dejounte Murray to spread his wings and evolve his all-around game.

Cleveland could roll out a lineup that includes LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love down low with Collin Sexton and Darius Garland in the backcourt. That paves the way for the Cavaliers to draft Obi Toppin to be their starting small forward.

Once again, both trade partners walk away happy.

Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Pacers 

The Pacers played some pretty good basketball before Victor Oladipo returned from his right leg injury. Oladipo becomes an unrestricted free agent (UFA) after 2021, and Indy is locked into paying Malcolm Brogdon $65 million over the next three seasons.

If Pacers GM Chad Buchanan wants to entertain some offers for Victor, I’m sure the Spurs would come calling.

A trade involving DeMar DeRozan could be part of the equation, and San Antonio would be all ears if Indianapolis was willing to eat Rudy Gay’s $14 million price tag in 2020/2021. Perhaps Buchanan is attracted to one of the young guards in San Antonio like Dejounte Murray or Lonnie Walker IV.

Frankly, I see all sorts of trade packages that could emerge between these two organizations.  

The bottom line is the Pacers might be planning a future that doesn’t include Oladipo as part of the team’s core. On the other hand, the Spurs would welcome Victor on board with open arms.

Who Will the San Antonio Spurs Trade for in 2020?

As much sense as the Jaylen Brown trade makes, I’m not exactly convinced that Danny Ainge or Brad Stevens want to engage in such a discussion.

On the flip side, the Pacers seem to be just fine without Victor Oladipo in the fray. The Spurs are congested with young combo guards and don’t have enough minutes to go around. Packaging a couple of them along with Rudy Gay to the Pacers for Oladipo doesn’t just make sense financially.

It would also significantly improve San Antonio’s chances of getting back into NBA relevancy. 

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Michael Wynn

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