1. San Antonio Spurs
Kristian Winfield of the Daily News recently penned a piece discussing possible suitors (subscription required) for Immanuel Quickley’s services in the event that he and the Knicks failed to come to terms on a contract extension.
Mentioned in the article were four specific teams, all of whom had sound arguments for why they’d be a quality fit for the guard, but perhaps the most logical landing spot of those discussed by Winfield was the San Antonio Spurs.
On top of the fact that they have ample cap space to spare going forward (fifth-lowest payroll in the association this year) as well as a plethora of trade assets at their disposal, considering they just snagged the generational frontcourt talent, Victor Wembanyama, Gregg Popovich and company will now likely continue to build around the rookie for a bright and sustainable future.
Quickley could be a tremendous grab for this rebuilding team that needs a bit of everything, particularly at their starting point guard position.
When given the opportunity to serve in the first five lineup throughout his career, the youngster has only proven capable of shining as he finds himself sporting impressive averages of 21.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and a steal through 27 games in such a role all while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from deep.
Unfortunately, despite his astounding production, he has yet to be handed the keys to a team’s offense as their primary point guard.
This is not likely to change anytime soon should he remain with the Knicks, though a move to the Spurs certainly could help him reach his goal of becoming a full-time starter.