Report: Spurs set very high asking price for Jakob Poeltl trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Spurs have "made it known" that they want "two first-round picks" in exchange for Poeltl, The Athletic's Jared Weiss reported Wednesday.
As Weiss noted, San Antonio took a similar stance with Derrick White, whom Boston acquired at the 2022 NBA trade deadline for a 2022 first-round pick (No. 25) and a 2028 first-round pick swap. The key difference here is that White is under contract until 2025, while Poeltl will be a free agent this summer, which significantly lowers his value.
Poeltl, 27, is a talented young player who's averaging 12.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 blocks per game for San Antonio. He'd be excellent frontcourt insurance for the injury-prone Robert Williams and the 36-year-old Al Horford, and his $9.4 million expiring contract isn't cheap but also isn't prohibitive.
Still, two first-rounders is too much to pay for a rental -- especially if you're the NBA-leading Celtics, whose only justification for adding another rotation player would be to protect against injuries.
The Spurs' asking price likely will drop between now and the Feb. 9 trade deadline as they position for a lottery pick. But if it doesn't drop by much, expect Brad Stevens and Co. to hold off on any Poeltl deal.