For decades, the San Antonio Spurs have been known to be a dominant force in the NBA, but for back-to-back seasons now, they have missed the playoffs and this trend likely will continue into the 2021-22 season.
With DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills and Rudy Gay all leaving in the offseason, the Spurs are now rebuilding with their young talents, but they are not in a terrible spot.
Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV and Keldon Johnson are all high-level, young talents that San Antonio has to build with, but they are still in need of some more firepower if they are to remain contending for a play-in spot in the Western Conference playoff picture.
First-round pick Joshua Primo is going to be a “work-in-progress,” as are some other young pieces on this roster, but Doug McDermott and Thaddeus Young are guys who can help win right away.
The Spurs are definitely not going to be the Spurs of old during the 2021-22 season, but if they added another key talent, could they potentially be a sneaky team in the Western Conference?
Perimeter hooting is definitely a main concern for San Antonio, as they ranked 24th in the league last season in three-point shooting, so maybe Buddy Hield is a player they look to target.
Hield has been a focused of trade rumors at times and has shot 40.6% from three-point range in his first 5 seasons in the NBA, making him a potential valuable asset for the Spurs to target. He is owed $61.5M over the next three seasons, so the Spurs would be tied down to him long-term, but he could actually help them drastically this upcoming year.
Could San Antonio look to “beef up” their roster and particularly their talent on the wing by adding Buddy Hield before or during the 2021-22 season? Let’s take a look at what this trade could look like.