The trade deadline has come and gone and while we saw Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams head East, and the Oklahoma City Thunder get stronger with the acquisition of Kendrick Perkins, the San Antonio Spurs decided to keep their team intact, which is exactly what you would expect out of the team with the league-leading record.
Several teams in the West improved, like the aforementioned Thunder and the Blazers, who added Gerald Wallace. But several teams' GMs didn't do their franchises any favors. Houston traded away Aaron Brooks and Shane Battier and got only Hasheem Thabeet and Goran Dragic in return. While the Rockets were not much of a contender or a division rival anyway, with today's trades, they aren't more than an afterthought in the West.
The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, who traded away Anthony and Williams, are currently sixth and ninth in the West. With Williams in New Jersey, I don't see Utah moving into a playoff spot at all. The Nuggets did well for themselves in getting as much back as they did, considering they were practically held at gunpoint to trade Anthony. However, with so many new pieces, chemistry will be an issue and the Nuggets lack a true franchise player. I can see the Nuggets dropping a bit.
What does this mean to the Spurs? Probably not much, considering they seem to be out of reach and will likely enter the playoffs with the number one seed. I can't see the playoffs getting too interesting out West until the second round.
As for player movement, the Spurs will be watching closely to see which players agree to buyouts with their teams. Joel Przybilla and Troy Murphy are among the names mentioned, and if the Spurs think a player can help them, they'll likely look at a few options. They can also still pick up players off of the waiver wire and call up D-League players, but I doubt that anyone of much significance that will play a major role for the Spurs will be putting on the silver and black any time soon.
From what I know the Cavaliers waived Leon Powe so that means he is available and is willing to sign with a contenting team. Will the Spurs be interested in getting him?
As @JohnAbney mentioned, Troy Murphy expressed his interested to play with east teams so it will be a long shot. I don't even think the Bobcats will let go of Przybilla so most likely the Spurs will have the same lineup going into the playoffs.
Wow a lot of player movement at the deadline, I am not expecting us to make trades but we still need to get at least one kick ass player to help us for the stretch run. Murphy will be a nice addition in my opinion.
We don't need to make trades I get that, but other teams have improved at the deadline. Hopefully we can snatch a player via free agency, somebody please buyout Murphy or Przybilla, it will be up for the Spurs to convince them to come over to San Antonio.
murphy is reported to be interested in east teams, boston (who apparently expects him to go there) miami and orlando.
im good with either one as they both would fill needs, especially with splitter on a 2nd grade learning curve apparently.
yea, i didn't expect our guys to make a trade, and i certainly didn't think they needed to. as mentioned, should they need to add a player, it will probably be players that will be bought out from their current teams, and once again, as mentioned, we'll probably be looking at Murphy and Przybilla as possible candidates to add.