With the NBA trade deadline less than two months away and several playoff teams from last season struggling, the San Antonio Spurs could be the go-to team for a trade. One player who is getting a lot of attention is the center. Jakob Poeltlwho has seen his name linked so much to warriors of the golden state Y toronto raptors so far this season.
Even if the Spurs prefer to keep him, they could get an offer they can’t refuse. That offer could be similar to the hypothetical three-team blockbuster deal that was put forth by fanspo. But would Spurs trade Poeltl? Let’s take a closer look at the deal and find out.
The Spurs and Warriors have already discussed a trade based on Poeltl and James Wiseman, but the Spurs are more interested in Moses Moody. In this notional deal, the Spurs would get a player they like in Moody, as well as the Warriors’ 2023 first-round pick, who currently ranks 11th.
Assuming the Warriors improve on this trade, that would hurt their pick, but the pick could still be a teen pick. Considering the quality of the 2023 NBA draft and the fact that the Spurs only have one first round (barring Charlotte changing their season), adding another pick would be very valuable. Moody and a potential lottery pick for Poeltl would be hard to say no to, and I don’t think they would.
For the Warriors, they would get two upgrades up front in Poeltl and Jarred Vanderbilt. While Wiseman and Moody are two recent top-seven lottery picks, with their title window seemingly closing, adding two starting-caliber players would be nice return value for Golden State. Poeltl would presumably start for the Warriors, pushing Kevon Looney into second unit and JaMychal Green out of the rotation.
That alone could help the Warriors, as JaMychal Green has underperformed as the team’s backup center this season. As for Vanderbilt, despite his versatility, particularly on the defensive end, he may not have as much of an immediate impact as many would assume.
After all, Draymond Green and Jonathan Kuminga currently take up the lion’s share of minutes in the four, while Poeltl, Looney and Draymond Green would split time at center. Still, I think the Warriors would say yes to this deal and try to figure out the moving parts later.
The Jazz are in a unique position in that they are trying to compete for the playoffs while they rebuild. As a result, they can afford to test Wiseman in the hope that he can eventually live up to his latent potential.
Wiseman’s stock is still pretty low right now, despite some encouraging recent performances, and many teams probably don’t see him as an asset, but it only takes one. That said, since Vanderbilt is currently better and has a lot of room to grow, the Jazz might hate to give him up for a risk like Wiseman. Based on that, I think the Jazz would say no to this deal.
Overall this is a very good hypothetical grade B exchange, with two of the teams likely saying yes. The Jazz would be the only sticking point, but they could be eliminated. Instead, the Spurs and Warriors could complete a similar trade in which the Spurs acquire Moody, their first-round pick in 2023, and the Warriors receive Poeltl.
That would still give the team two valuable assets, including a recent lottery pick with two seasons left on his rookie deal. It would also give them a potential late lottery pick, which the Spurs could use to draft a promising prospect or pair up with their pick to try to trade. Either way, both trade scenarios would be advantageous for the Spurs.