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

Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama, Keldon Johnson
Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama, Keldon Johnson / Steph Chambers/GettyImages
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Simons-Spurs trade

2) Spurs cash in assets to add sharpshooting guard in bold potential deal with Blazers.

Blazers guard Anfernee Simons is having quite the season, averaging nearly 25 points while proving that he is one of the best shooters in the NBA. Simons is both an underrated player and an underrated trade target, given the Blazers' roster construction. They drafted Scoot Henderson third overall and while he's been bad thus far, he is definitely their point guard of the future.

While 2022 seventh overall pick, Shaedon Sharpe is their likely future at shooting guard—the same position that Simons plays. The Blazers can and have experimented with playing all three together but that seems untenable long-term so they could be open to selling high on Simmons.

One potential trade package could see the Spurs shipping small forward. Keldon Johnson, Chicago's 2025 first, and Atlanta's 2025 first for Simons. Johnson would give the Blazers a long-term starter at small forward while giving the Spurs a sniper at two guard. San Antonio does, of course, have Devin Vassell, who is quite the shooter himself.

However, they have been experimenting with positionless ball so that might not be as big of an issue with Vassell being able to slide up to the three and having him guard that position. Or, they can have Jeremy Sochan defend the bigger wings with Wembanyama there to help cut off drives.

Offensively, having two high-volume 3-point shooters would be a boon for the Spurs' offense, and if they can get a true playmaker to set Wembanyama up, they could easily craft a top-10 offense around that. It remains to be seen whether Simons will be available ahead of the trade deadline but he'd be a good player for the Spurs to target.