3) Spurs land in-demand point guard in mock deal with Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers guard Malcolm Brogdon is expected to be moved ahead of the deadline and San Antonio should absolutely be interested in acquiring him. While he is only playing for the Blazers until he can be flipped to another team, he has continued his stellar play in Portland. Brogdon is a terrific shooter, making 41.3% of his 5.4 3-point attempts while also mixing in drives and a crafty finish.
Additionally, he is a proven playmaker who often boasts a terrific assist-to-turnover ratio. Better still, Brogdon has another year remaining on his contract, meaning that he won't be just a rental, so they should jump at the chance to trade for him by offering McDermott, Osman, Atlanta's 2025 first-round pick, and the Lakers 2024 second-round pick.
With the Blazers likely looking for a future first in return for Brogdon, Atlanta's first-rounder is shaping up to be a lottery pick, which might be worth two firsts that they could receive from a playoff team, as well as what is looking like a top-40 second-rounder from the Lakers.
If the Blazers agreed to that deal, it would ensure that the Spurs wouldn't have the same lack of playmaking next season that they have this season. That is also doubly important since they may draft a point guard and between that, Brogdon, and Jones, they will have far more options and players who can handle the ball.