After the retirement of Tim Duncan in 2016, it looked as though Kawhi Leonard would become the new face of the San Antonio Spurs franchise. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old refused to sign a max contract with the franchise last summer, and the Spurs eventually made the difficult decision to trade away their All-Star to the Toronto Raptors.
This was also not the only bad news that came out of the teams 2018 offseason, as Tony Parker completed a surprise move to the Charlotte Hornets, and Manu Ginobili also called time on his incredible career. During the summer of turmoil, the Spurs only major acquisition was DeMar DeRozan, who joined the team as part of the trade that took Leonard to the Raptors.
Nevertheless, despite being unfancied by many NBA analysts at the start of the season, Gregg Popovich has steered the Spurs to a 25-20 record. This has been enough to lift the Spurs into the Western Conference playoff places, although competition remains intense, and here are three players that San Antonio should target this month in order to enhance their playoff hopes.
#3 Markelle Fultz
It is fair to say that the San Antonio Spurs are currently in need of a new starting guard. Tony Parker left last year after more than a decade with the franchise, while Dejounte Murray will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury. This has left the Spurs extremely short for the remainder of the year, and signing a new point guard could boost the team's playoff prospects.
Markelle Fultz is a notable point guard who is seemingly available, and the 20-year-old's trade value is currently at an all-time low. The Sixers are known to be eager to put the whole Fultz saga behind them, and under Popovich's guidance, the youngster could quickly develop into the prospect that he was initially believed to be.