The Spurs rarely make in-season trades, though we’ve been hearing more and more chatter about them having interest in various players from around the league leading up to the deadline. It was recently reported that they had eyes for Nikola Vucevic and if Orlando looks to make a deal with San Antonio, they’d have plenty of options.
Vucevic would be a terrific fit next to DeMar DeRozan (though it’s worth noting that teams are calling the Spurs about the former USC star). LaMarcus Aldridge will be a free agent at season’s end and Gregg Popovich’s club has no premier option in the post.
The Magic are expected to fetch a massive haul for Vucevic should they accept a trade. Perhaps Jakob Poeltl, Dejounte Murray and a handful of picks would entice Orlando. Still, the Magic trading Vucevic before the deadline seems unlikely.
More Western Conference Rumors
- The Blazers are among the teams with interest in DeMarcus Cousins, per longtime NBA journalist Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson. The Lakers, Mavs, and Heat are also tuned into the Cousins sweepstakes.
- Memphis’ Gorgui Dieng is a name to watch ahead of the trade deadline, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer hears from multiple front offices. Dieng’s on an expiring $17.3 million deal.
- In the same piece, O’Connor mentions that the Rockets are getting calls about several of the veterans. Victor Oladipo, P.J. Tucker, and Eric Gordon are all garnering interest. Several sources from around the league tell O’Connor that Sterling Brown is a name to watch as well.