Does this trade make sense for the San Antonio Spurs?
Losing both DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay seems liekly this offseason for the Spurs, but this does not mean that they have to hit the panic button and scramble for answers. Winning has always been an essential element to every single San Antonio Spurs team since this franchise joined the NBA, but just because they potentially will not have DeRozan means that they can’t win.
Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV, Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl are all young players that have carved out a future with San Antonio, so they are in good hands even if their All-Star wing leaves in NBA free agency.
While they may not be the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs that won the NBA Title, this Spurs team led by their young core is more than capable of winning games and being competitive. They proved that this year with their play and with a healthy Derrick White back to begin the 2021-22 season, San Antonio will be a team a lot of people will be sleeping on heading into next season.
Making this trade with the Hawks sets them back even further than they could potentially be heading and they really do not gain much from this deal. Danilo Gallinari is going to be turning 33-years-old this summer and Onyeka Okongwu has a lot of developing to do if he is going to be a sustainable NBA big man, so why assume all of this riks when you know what you have in White and Poeltl if you are the Spurs?
Every NBA team wants to win now and never wants to rebuild to some extent, but all good things must come to an end at some point and for the Spurs, they are at this point as an organization. Rebuilding with the young core they have in place is a must for them if they are going to get back to their championship ways.