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Raptors, Warriors trade suitors for Jakob Poeltl

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The San Antonio Spurs are a team that many people are watching as we head into the unofficial start of the NBA trading season. San Antonio clarified their intentions during the off-season as they begin remodeling. They trade All-Star point guard Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks for a trading package built around draft picks as they have turned their focus to the future.

They hope the future includes winning the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery and getting a chance to select Victor Wembanyama, who is considered the best candidate since LeBron James. Wembanyama has stunned the basketball world with his unique combination of size and skill, handling the ball and shooting 3-pointers like a perimeter player despite standing 7’3″.

San Antonio is not the only team hoping to win the Wembanyama sweepstakes as many teams gear up for a rebuild. If the Spurs wanted to, they could go even deeper, as there are still a few veterans on the roster.

The one that gets the most attention is center Jakob Poeltl. As shared by LJ Ellis on Spurs Talk, two teams have emerged as suitors for Poeltl; the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.

“According to a few sources, the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors are the two teams most persistent in acquiring Poeltl. Talks with the Raptors date back to last season’s trade deadline, but Toronto remains hesitant to offer anything more than a package highlighted by a single first-round draft pick with mediocre protection.”

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Poeltl was actually a first-round pick for the Raptors in 2016, placing 9th overall. He spent the first two seasons of his career north of the border before being sent to San Antonio as part of the package for Kawhi Leonard.

Poeltl is a much more polished player than when he was traded by the Raptors as one of the best defensive centers in the NBA, providing elite rebounding and strong edge protection. Offensively, he is an efficient goalscorer that you can also attack as a solid playmaker.

Like the Raptors, the Warriors have shown hesitation in meeting the Spurs’ asking price. They want to build a package around James Wiseman, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but that’s not something San Antonio is interested in. They are also not high on Jonathan Kuminga, as they believe Moses Moody has the most value.

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But a package built around Moody alone wouldn’t be considered enough either. San Antonio plans to acquire bills of exchange in exchange for Poeltl, but they are also not opposed to keeping him if they don’t get an offer they like. There is reportedly mutual interest there as Poeltl may prefer to stay with the Spurs rather than be traded away.


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