Spurs Trade Rumors: San Antonio Spurs Talking 3-Team Trade with Jazz, Wolves

Garrett JochnauCorrespondent IIMarch 14, 2012

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After an action-packed day of sports transactions, multiple other teams have been caught up in the hype. The San Antonio Spurs, who are known to stay quiet during the deadline, have reportedly begun talks with the Jazz and Timberwolves.

The deal would send Danny Green and Wayne Ellington to the Jazz, C.J. Miles and Jamaal Tinsley to the Timberwolves, and Josh Howard to the Spurs.

The Spurs have been eyeing Josh Howard since free agency, but he ultimately passed on them to play in Utah.

Green, who last year was unknown by (non-UNC) fans, was given an opportunity of which he took advantage. However, on a team where the starting roles in the backcourt are dominated by two potential Hall of Famers, Green can be easily replaced. Gary Neal has proven to be valuable and shooting guard James Anderson has been riding the bench for the entire season.

Howard, on the other hand, stands at 6'7'' and provides a bit of height to the Spurs who very much lack it. If he can take the small forward spot, Kawhi Leonard—with that gigantic wingspan—can be used to control bigger, more athletic players if the two share minutes on the court.

However, Green's ball handling abilities make him valuable to the team, especially following the retirement of backup point guard, TJ Ford. 

The two are similar stat-wise, with Howard averaging one point more and two fewer rebounds and assists. Green has been performing well on both ends and with the trust that Popovich has put in him, this rumored deal comes as quite a surprise.

If the Jazz show a bit of interest in James Anderson, who has already requested a trade, the deal becomes much more attractive for San Antonio. 

 

Note: Additional players/picks may be added if the trade is finalized.