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

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Spurs-GSW Moody trade

16) The Spurs trade for a recent lottery pick in potential deal with Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors have struggled all season, and a recent loss saw both of their recent lottery picks express frustration with their roles on the team. That has led to speculation that Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody could be moved ahead of the trade deadline, and the Spurs have previously been linked to Moody. If he is indeed available, then the Spurs could be the ideal trade candidate for him, given that they have plenty of assets and a potential role for him.

After failing to develop players like James Wiseman, Kaminga, and Moody, being dissatisfied may lead the Warriors to move on from one of the most prominent members of their youth movement and trade Moody for veteran help. Based on that, the Spurs could offer Cedi Osman as matching salary and Chicago's future first-round pick for Moody.

Osman is having a good season, averaging 7.6 points in just 18.5 minutes per game, and his offensive aggressiveness has been an asset to the Spurs bench. He is also on an expiring contract but if he pans out, then he could be brought back using bird rights. As for the pick, it's the top 10 protected in 2025 and the top 8 protected in 2026 and 2027.

There is a decent chance that pick conveys, though it could be several years before the Warriors receive it. Still, it may be a lottery pick and Golden State could use it either to add talent through the draft or as an asset in a deal for an impact player.

Meanwhile, for the Spurs, they'd be getting a 21-year-old player who has the potential to be a terrific 3-and-D guard but has not been given much of a chance to prove himself. With a 28th-ranked offense and 25th-ranked defense, he could make an impact if given more playing time. Thus, he could be a worthwhile flyer.