NBA Trades: 16 deals the Spurs must consider before the deadline

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7) Spurs trade for future Hall of Famer in bold potential deal with Warriors.

The Warriors continue to struggle 30+ games into the season and are currently looking like they may miss the cutoff for the play-in tournament. If that doesn't improve in the next month, they should take a look at their options, including trading players such as Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Chris Paul.

If Paul does become available, the Spurs should definitely be interested in acquiring him, even if just as a rental. San Antonio could offer up the expiring contracts of Osman, McDermott, and Graham for Paul. They could even throw in two second-round picks (via the Bulls and Lakers in 2024 and 2025, respectively) to sweeten the pot.

Moving on from Paul would be a sign that the Warriors are retooling by moving some of their best players. Though McDermott and Osman have both been solid contributors for the Spurs as movement shooters, Graham has been in the Spurs' dog house despite his shooting ability and decent playmaking chops.

Acquiring those three players would lower the Warriors ceiling but make them deeper and give them flexibility going forward. Meanwhile, San Antonio would get an elite pick-and-roll playmaker who could play the second half of the season with Wembanyama and give both him and the team a chance to see how he performs with a real shot-creator.

If everything goes well, he may even be open to returning for a 20th season and serving as a much-needed culture setter for the young Spurs, like he was in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City. Compare that to the cost of two second-round picks and three players that the Spurs weren't planning on re-signing and it would be an incredibly valuable move for a struggling team.