This offseason is going to be very interesting for the San Antonio Spurs for a handful of reasons. After missing the playoffs for back-to-back NBA seasons for the first time in their franchise’s history, the Spurs will be scrambling for answers on how to build their team back into a playoff contender, especially if DeMar DeRozan leaves in free agency.
The 4x All-Star is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and with veteran forward Rudy Gay also set to become an unrestricted free agent, the Spurs could have some massive holes to fill on their roster should neither of them return.
With Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV and Keldon Johnson, the Spurs have a young, sustainable core that they will look to build with, but this team is going to need some veteran talent, particularly in the frontcourt if they are to try and make the playoffs next year, regardless of whether or not DeRozan returns.
While he is owed $53.5M through the 2022-23 season and does not have a favorable contract, Al Horford is definitely a guy who fits the Spurs play-style and could be of use to them should they not be able to re-sign both DeRozan and Gay in the offseason.
The Thunder big man is going to be available on the trade market this offseason and Oklahoma City does not want to keep the veteran big man, so they could look to offer incentive in order for a team to take him. Oklahoma City has 38 draft picks over the next seven years, so they could definitely offer up a pick or two to a team willing to trade for Horford.
In a recent trade proposal, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report outlined a trade between the Spurs and the Thunder that was centered around Al Horford. Let’s take a look at what both teams would offer up and if this is something that we could potentially see in the offseason.