As the healing continues for the San Antonio Spurs, a trade may just be the answer for some of their woes. And with the NBA trade deadline looming, whispers have begun to circulate around possible moves in the Alamo City. Among the names mentioned in trade talks, Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks and Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers have emerged at the top of the list for the Spurs.
Whether or not the Spurs want to make a move has yet to be seen since San Antonio is typically pretty quiet about their intentions, but if a transaction were to take place for Ilyasova or Young, would the move be beneficial for Gregg Popovich and the system he has set in place?
Ilyasova is a mobile 6-foot-10 body that crashes the offensive boards and has the ability to shoot the rock. He is a career 37 percent 3-point shooter and shoots 79 percent from the charity stripe. He has a great feel for the game as far as moving without the ball, which is staple of the Spurs’ offense.
Ilyosova is mobile enough to use the screen and roll option within the Pop’s scheme to knock down the deep ball or slash to the rim. He has skills to stretch the floor like Boris Diaw or Matt Bonner, coupled with athleticism. Ilyosova is currently averaging 10.1 points per game and six rebounds.
Young is more of an isolation player who prefers to play in space, which is not a great fit for San Antonio’s style. He is a lefty-dominate scorer who has the ability to put the ball on the floor and knock down the occasional three. Young has averaged 13.4 points per game and 5.5 boards over his six-year career.
It is clear that Ilyasova would be the best piece for Popovich to plug into his masterful blueprint of championship-caliber basketball. As it stands, neither party has extended any further interest in a trade, but you never know what may happen in the final moments of the deadline.