5 Players The San Antonio Spurs Must Trade For

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5 Players San Antonio Spurs Need In Trade

Spurs
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With the San Antonio Spurs part way through their "Rodeo" road trip, two conclusions can be drawn about them so far. First, the current roster is not healthy enough for the Spurs to make a legitimate run in the playoffs. Second, the Spurs no longer have a "big three" to carry them through adversity.

The month of February in the NBA is known for the All-Star break and all the festivities that come with the popular events, but the trade deadline is also another major date that teams have marked on their calendar. If a good front office or organization can make the right deal, it can change the course of their team's future forever. Blockbuster trades are no surprise around the deadline period and most players who are on the chopping block prepare for a possible move.

For the San Antonio Spurs, they have not been fortunate enough to have healthy players this season and the burden of injuries seems to be weighing on Gregg Popovich. In the most recent loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Pop was noticeably frustrated and agitated with his current roster situation. More than half the Spurs' roster has been out of action at least one game due to injury or some type of health related issue.

The lack of health for the Spurs is putting added stress on their marque players as well. Tony Parker did not play in the Spurs' last game due to lower back tightness that may have been caused by carrying the team on his back for most of the season. Tim Duncan had to play 40 minutes in a recent win against the Washington Wizards, but the increased minutes forced Popovich to rest him in the following game as a precaution.

The Spurs tried to make some minimal changes by picking up two players to 10-day contracts. Othyus Jeffers has already been let go by the team, but Shannon Brown still continues to play for Popovich. A drastic improvement is needed for the Spurs' lineup, or they will be on the outside looking in this year. There are a few players on the market that could help the Spurs go to the next level, so let's review them.

Winston Harris is a San Antonio sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @winstonharris34. "Like" him on Facebook and add him on Google.

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5. Larry Sanders

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Larry Sanders signed a four-year, $44 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks last year, but has not produced to the Bucks' liking. Sanders is currently averaging eight points and 7.3 rebounds per game. His 6-foot-11 frame could help the Spurs in the paint and relieve some pressure off Tim Duncan.

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4. J.R. Smith

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The New York Knicks and J.R. Smith have had some unresolved tension all season, and a good resolution would be to just send him to San Antonio. Smith brings energy, passion and a sharpshooting ability that could really give the Spurs a lift in the postseason. His off-court troubles would be resolved under the coaching genius of Gregg Popovich.

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3. Omer Asik

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Since Dwight Howard signed to the Houston Rockets, Omer Asik has been displaying his unhappiness with the team. Asik would be a great fit for the Spurs' front court and would add a great defensive presence. He has totaled 218 blocks in his four year career and currently averages 6.8 rebound per game.

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2. Carlos Boozer

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In some recent rumors, Carlos Boozer's name has come up for a trade, including the Spurs. Boozer is a respected veteran that would stretch the floor with his shooting ability and open up scoring opportunities with his great court vision as a post player. Boozer is currently averaging 14.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

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1. Pau Gasol

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been shopping Pau Gasol around for years now. With Kobe Bryant out and the organization rebuilding, this is the perfect time for the Spurs to pick up the skilled big man. The 15-footer can shoot the deep ball and has a soft hook shot, but his understanding of how to win a championship would be an undeniable attribute for the Spurs.

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