The San Antonio Spurs showed their age when they got eliminated in the 2016 NBA playoffs by the much-younger Oklahoma City Thunder. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Spurs may try to acquire Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Despite a franchise record 67 wins this season, the maturity of the Spurs were not enough to overcome the Thunder. San Antonio still has the pieces headed by Kawhi Leonard to do it again next season but they need get younger in order to keep up with other western conference powerhouses like the Thunder and Warriors.
ESPN noted in their report that the Sixers have made Okafor and Noel available. The Philly front office is gauging the interests on both players and they will likely pull the trigger on a trade at the 2016 NBA draft.
Related NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics to trade 3rd overall pick for Jahlil Okafor?
According to Ian Smith of Air Alamo, the Spurs don’t have the necessary draft picks to offer but they have veteran players capable of helping a young team. Smith noted that the possible trade candidates for San Antonio are Kyle Anderson, Boris Diaw, Tony Parker, Danny Green and Patty Mills.
The Sixers may view Anderson as too young while Diaw is already a 34-year-old reserve big man. On the other hand, Parker is a capable leader that can help Philly’s core of young players and Mills is a proven bench guy who can explode in limited playing time.
Green is the best trade asset the Spurs have because of his defense and three-point shooting. However, it would very hard for the Sixers to resist other offers that involve a high draft pick. The Celtics and their 3rd overall pick have been linked with Okafor and Noel ever since the draft lottery.
Okafor is a scorer while Noel is a defensive anchor that can rebound and block shots. The Spurs already have a low post scorer in LaMarcus Aldridge, so Noel looks the better fit in San Antonio. If the Spurs pull off the trade, it will increase their chances to go after Mike Conley in free agency.
Related NBA Rumors: Mike Conley to Spurs will force San Antonio to trade Tony Parker
Nonetheless, these are all just speculations at this point. The Spurs will get a clearer answer about their future when Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili make their decisions regarding retirement.
Photo Courtesy: AFunkyDiabetic/YouTube