For these not following NBA information this previous offseason or residing below a rock, the San Antonio Spurs have ceaselessly made headlines as a commerce candidate for maligned celebrity Ben Simmons. These rumors almost overshadowed drafting Joshua Primo, signing a potential cornerstone in Jock Landale, scoring versatile large Thaddeus Younger, and Manu Ginobili returning to the bench. I am hoping these rumors do not overshadow simply how enjoyable and aggressive the crew has performed to begin the season.
Right here at Air Alamo, we have coated just how lopsided a few of these trades are extensively and a number of occasions, since, sadly, these trades maintain resurfacing. However one factor that has been fully under-discussed is the ripple impact of doing so.
Buying and selling for Ben Simmons, no matter whether or not or not you suppose it is price it or not, is actually a game-changer. And by gamechanger, I imply buying and selling for Simmons solely begins with buying him however would additionally pressure extra teaching and personnel strikes far past the preliminary commerce for him.
Rapidly transferring by way of what we already know, Sixers GM Daryl Morey desires a king’s ransom for Simmons equal to what the Houston Rockets obtained for James Harden. Most packages appear to feature not less than three of the 4: Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker IV, along with two to 4 future first-round picks for Simmons.
Prior to now, I’ve explored the Spurs’ positional logjam on the wings and pleaded with the crew to commerce a couple of up-and-comers to liberate time for the others and seize a younger core piece, ideally on the energy ahead place. I am writing now to say, emphatically, this isn’t that commerce.
Neither are the “conservative” variations of this commerce. These characteristic, oftentimes, simply two first-round picks plus Dejounte and Derrick. This commerce is best than the primary commerce, but additionally one thing the Spurs, ought to by no means, ever contemplate.
I am not going to do both of those horrible provides the courtesy of claiming which I’d settle for as a result of the reply is neither. However no matter which package deal we’re referring to, meaning the commerce begins with the Spurs not less than dropping Dejounte Murray, two first-rounders, and both Derrick White or Keldon, Lonnie, and two extra first-rounders.
And as an apparent reminder, all of this might be for a man who cannot shoot and is presently holding out on his crew, citing psychological well being points after first demanding a commerce.
Nobody takes psychological well being points extra significantly than I do, however this effort clearly has all the trimmings of somebody making an attempt to make use of an essential clause within the NBA collective bargaining settlement, simply to guarantee he gets paid tens of millions for sitting out of video games. That is tasteless and definitely not the Spurs method.