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

Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama, Keldon Johnson
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Spurs-Wiz Jones trade

12) Spurs land a familiar point guard in proposed trade with Wizards.

Washington Wizards starting point guard Tyus Jones is expected to be available ahead of the trade deadline and the Spurs could and should have interest. Jones plays similarly to his younger brother Tre Jones, who is currently the Spurs' starting point guard, but with a notable difference: he can shoot.

That skill makes him a capable starter while limiting his younger brother. With Tyus on an expiring contract, the Wizards are probably seeing what they can get for him, and San Antonio could offer up Devonte Graham (who only has a small partial guarantee for next season) and two second-round picks.

San Antonio has plenty of picks, so trading for a player on an expiring contract would come with very little risk. Actually, it would give them at least 30 games to evaluate how he would fit with Wembanyama. Moreover, both he and the team would have a chance to feel each other out before free agency, where the Spurs could re-sign him.

The Spurs getting to test drive a potential free agent target before committing significant assets would be smart. As for the Wizards, they would be able to receive some assets in return for a player that they aren't likely to re-sign.