You may or may not have noticed that despite the lockout, the intertubes have not given up on writing about the NBA. Sometimes we get desperate and right about guys like Aaron Gray and not quite as fat as he used to be Eddy Curry. Sometimes blogs decide to break down the top 100 guys in the league (two very entertaining series from Zack Lowe with Sports Illustrated and the fellas over CBS Sports) and in the case of ESPN, you break down the top 500 over a span of several weeks. In the case of ESPN's Ric Bucher, Kevin Pelton and Chris Broussard, you take some of the better, older teams and break down what they should do in the offseason.
Bucher drew the Spurs and made some very intriguing suggestions in column titled "Trades to fuel a Spurs title run" which can be viewed if you have an ESPN Insider account.
First he suggested that to truly rebuild the team, but keep it competitive that the team needs to trade two of the Three Amigos. The first and most obvious is Tony Parker. Bucher had a couple of great ideas for this one. The first seems to be the most plausible and that's trading Tony Parker for Josh Smith straight up.
"Try as the Spurs might, they have not been able to find an athletic stretch 4 to do for Duncan what Robert Horry did so well. Instead, they've used a compendium: Matt Bonner to space the floor with 3s, McDyess to defend, DeJuan Blair to rebound. But there's a young freakishly athletic 4 who desperately wants out of his current situation, and if I'm San Antonio I do everything to get him: the Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith. If there's a catch-lightning-in-a-bottle opportunity, it's taking all the obvious physical talent Smith has and harnessing it under the tutelage of Popovich and Duncan. Since the Hawks are in need of both a point guard and veteran leadership, I would offer them Parker, a deal that would work straight up."
Great idea. It leaves the Spurs without any sort of point guard, but getting a guy like Smith would make the Spurs lethal on defense.