San Antonio Spurs trade Tim Duncan? That woul’ve been a headline for the ages if Spurs general manager R.C. Buford hadn’t been joking around late Thursday night in the NBA Draft. Buford jokingly said that the Spurs had Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker both at No. 1 on their draft board, and that the team tried to trade up. Buford even added that–as much as Duncan wanted to play for former Spurs assistant and current Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown–Philly couldn’t get the No. 1 pick, or he would have traded Duncan to the 76ers for that selection.
Actually, the joke was a pretty good way to perk up the ears of the fan base and the media assembled in San Antonio that late in the draft. The Spurs are coming off their fifth title in 15 years, of course, and aren’t going to trade Duncan away as he finishes his Hall of Fame career. But now it’s a fun thing to ponder. Duncan to Philly for a year or two to get Wiggins or Parker for 10-15 years? The world will never know how that could’ve worked….