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5 Radical Moves The San Antonio Spurs Should Make This Offseason

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Gregg Popovich is arguably the greatest basketball mind of our generation, and a top 5 coach on basketball history and the culture, identity and project he’s built during his time with the San Antonio Spurs is as remarkable as difficult to replicate.

Having said that, we believe it’s time to just call it a day. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not expecting Popovich and the team to part ways, but it’s pretty clear that they need to start over and go through a major roster overhaul in order to give coach Pop another shot at a Championship.

All evidence points towards Kawhi Leonard wanting no part of the Spurs and even though LaMarcus Aldridge is a terrific player, he’s not a superstar, nor the kind of player that can single-handedly lead a team, and San Antonio has never thrived with isolation, so he doesn’t seem quite suited for the gig anyways.

That’s why today, we’re going to let you know about the 5 radical moves the San Antonio Spurs need to do this offseason to kickstart their new process.

5. Trade Danny Green And Pau Gasol

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Danny Green’s tenure with the Spurs has been terrific, as his defensive expertise and his three-point shooting have really helped the team carry the load, but he’s not getting any younger and the Spurs actually have several good backcourt defenders that could fill the gap he’ll leave when the Spurs trade him.

Gasol, on the other hand, is borderline washed and doesn’t provide much for the Spurs at this stage of his career, so they definitely need to find a way to move these couple of guys in order to land some young players and late 1st round picks or 2nd round picks, as San Antonio has always been great in the draft despite never having high draft picks or lottery picks at all.

4. Avery Bradley Or (And) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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With Danny Green leaving the team and coach Pop using Kyle Anderson mostly as a forward, they’re going to need to make a push for a nice defensive-minded shooting guard that can score as well, with Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope being a perfect fit for the Spurs system.

Bradley can play and guard as much as 3 spots on the court, is long, athletic, can run the offense and is a great rebounder, while KCP has improved a lot as a long-range shooter, and might as well be the cheaper option for the Spurs with the Lakers likely to let him walk away during the summer.

3. Trade LaMarcus Aldridge

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As we said before, LaMarcus Aldridge is a hell of a player, but he’s not a top-tier guy in this league and he’s not getting any younger. Also, the Spurs have lost their signature ball movement in order to feed him near the elbows, with him being a rhythm guy that needs a lot of touches and be constantly involved on offense.

Aldridge could really boost a contending team as their second or third scoring option, and he’d definitely have some value, especially during the Draft day; so the Spurs would be wise to try and offer him in order to get at least a couple of picks back with this Draft being extremely loaded in all positions.

2. Trade Kawhi Leonard

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Kawhi Leonard’s story has been quite odd all season long, but all signs point towards him flat out bailing on his coach, his team, and his teammates, so his time dressed in a San Antonio Spurs uniform may be coming to an end after he decided not to suit up throughout most of the season.

Leonard is considered to be the best two-way player in the league and he’s definitely going to draw a lot of attention from several teams during the summer, so the Spurs could get not just a high lottery pick in return, but also several key young men like Dario Saric or Jayson Tatum to complement their roster through their rebuild.

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1. Tank Next Season

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Lottery odds and rules have changed, so blatantly tanking throughout a full season won’t guarantee you a really high chance to land the 1st overall pick. Even so, if the Spurs tank their way throughout the next campaign, they’re a lock to land a lottery pick to put the cherry on top of the sundae.

The last time the Spurs tanked, they got Tim Duncan, and even though they’re not likely to land another franchise player like him; you know how well it all worked out for them. Obviously, it’s going to be quite strange not to watch the Spurs compete and Popovich in the playoffs, but this may just be what this franchise needs in order to go back to the highest of levels.