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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Spurs-Pistons Cade

1) Spurs go all-in to land recent #1 pick in bold deal with Pistons.

The odds of the Detroit Pistons trading their best player, Cade Cunningham, are probably low given that they are again the worst team in the NBA but the Spurs should strongly consider making them an offer. Johnson, the Spurs' 2024 first (all but guaranteed to be a top 5 pick), Chicago's top 10 protected 2025 first, and Atlanta's 2027 unprotected first for Cunningham and Marvin Bagley III is at least a strong offer that few teams can match.

Johnson is a starting-caliber small forward on a great deal, while each of those picks could be lottery selections. Were that enough for Detroit, then San Antonio could fast-track their rebuild with Cunningham as their point guard of the future and a terrific partner for Wembanyama.

Of course, that would depend on the Pistons trading Cunningham, and they have given no indication that they would be open to doing so. Still, it would be worth it for the Spurs to make them a strong offer on the off chance that they are open to discussing a potential deal.