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

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15) Spurs acquire former all-star in possible deal with Lakers.

The Los Angeles Lakers are struggling right now, likely much to the glee of Spurs fans, but there may be a deal that makes sense for both the Spurs and Lakers ahead of the trade deadline. D'Angelo Russell might seem like an odd fit in San Antonio but he could actually help. Russell is a terrific 3-point shooter who can even shoot off the dribble, in addition to being a shot-creator.

That combination of shooting and passing would be immediately impactful for the Spurs. After all, they don't have much shooting at point guard and can use another passer, particularly one skilled at running the pick and roll, finding cutters, and throwing lobs.

Despite that, he recently lost his spot in the Lakers' starting five as they searched for answers amid a prolonged slump. In need of a shakeup, they could look to move Russell and exchange for more shooting help to surround LeBron James and Anthony Davis with.

As a result, the Spurs could offer McDermott and Osman, as well as the Lakers 2024 second-round pick back, in exchange for Russell. While Russell would be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, the Spurs would be one of the handful of teams that could offer him at least $15 million. Russell may even find himself enjoying playing for Popovich and with Wembanyama and he may be open to re-signing on a short-term deal and being a stop-gap point guard option.