NBA Rumors: Spurs Set Extremely High Price For Jakob Poeltl

The next step in the San Antonio Spurs' rebuild, after dealing away All-Star guard Dejounte Murray earlier this offseason, would appear to be trading center Jakob Poeltl. 

But word is that any interested suitors will need to be prepared to pay up big-time to acquire the big Austrian. 

According to SpursTalk's LJ Ellis, San Antonio will be asking for two first-round picks in exchange for Poeltl. With first-rounders flying around left and right all summer long in the NBA in a number of big trades, it makes sense that the Spurs are trying to secure a couple more for their breakout center.

Poeltl elevated his game considerably last season, scoring more than six points above his career mark, averaging 13.5 points, while pulling down boards at a career-best 9.3 (more than three per game above his previous high). He also maintained a high standard in blocked shots, registering 1.7 per game. 

And Ellis says that the Spurs are willing to wait it out to get what they want. 

“There’s no rush,” a Spurs insider told him about talks involving Poeltl. “It has to be the right deal.” 

San Antonio received three first-round picks from the Atlanta Hawks in the trade for Murray, and that seems to have empowered them to hold firm for more. 

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