Thursday , Feb , 07 , 2008 Oly Sandor

No Pressure: San Antonio Spurs Won’t Rush Into Trade After Shaq and Gasol Dealt West

What’s next? That’s the question floating the NBA after Pau Gasol and Shaquille O’Neal were traded out west to the Lakers and Suns. Franchises must be feeling pressure to make a headline-stealing deal of their own. More moves could be coming-just don’t expect the San Antonio Spurs to get caught in the frenzy …

No Pressure: San Antonio Spurs Won't Rush Into Trade After Shaq and Gasol Dealt West

My Very Quick AM Take: What’s next? That’s the question floating the NBA after Pau Gasol and Shaquille O’Neal were traded west to the Lakers and Suns.

Franchises must be feeling pressure to make their own headline-stealing deal. More moves could be coming-just don’t expect the San Antonio Spurs to get caught in the frenzy.

"I never feel pressure to make a deal," coach Gregg Popovich said. "We talk to everybody just like all other 29 teams. If something comes along and it makes sense for us, we’ll do it. Making deals because you feel pressure would be a recipe for failure." (San Antonio Express News)

Prophetic words from the old guard in San Antonio. After the last week, GMs are under-the-gun to swing mega-trades and the temptation is to overpay for players like Corey Maggette and Mike Miller.

As usual, Popovich has the right approach. The Spurs have had an up-and-down season, but his hand won’t be forced by anything-let alone trades by western rivals.

Of course, what Popovich says and does could be different. San Antonio’s roster is ripe with expiring contracts, an attractive asset for rebuilding teams who’d like to swap a talented but costly veteran for future cap space.

The Spurs won’t be pressured. But like Popovich said, if a move makes sense expect the Spurs to do it.

What will San Antonio do before the trade deadline? Let us know in the comment box below.

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