The San Antonio Spurs can command a nice return for their veterans
All was quiet on Monday night as San Antonio Spurs fans prepared for bed. Many of us were likely already asleep when the news broke. But when Shams and Woj start a battle for who can get the best scoop you’ve got to wake up and pay attention.
Per Woj, late last night the Milwaukee Bucks agreed to two separate deals that will land them Jrue Holiday and Bogdan Bogdanović. They’ll be sending Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three first-round picks, and rights to swap two more first-rounders to New Orleans for Holiday. It cost them Donte DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson, and Ersan Ilyasova to get Bogdanovic and Justin James.
Titanic moves by a team that desperately needed to make some. They needed to shake things up to convince Giannis that they were serious about contending for a title. Sure, they mortgaged a hefty part of their future in the process. But if he signs that supermax it’s all worth it.
Throughout it all, Spurs fans were stuck sitting on the sideline, wondering if our team will ever make a move. Well, if we learned anything from last night it’s that there’s a market to be had if the Spurs want to jump in.
San Antonio Spurs can get assets back for DeRozan and Aldridge
The big question that probably came to Spurs fans while we watched these trades go down is if this is what the Bucks have to give up for Holiday and Bogdanovic, what could the Spurs command for LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan?
There are rumors floating around that the Golden State Warriors could give up their second overall pick for Aldridge. Now, that probably doesn’t happen without Andrew Wiggins coming to San Antonio but the idea that the Warriors would attach such a high pick to unload his contract and bring back a proven big man in Aldridge doesn’t seem quite as far-fetched as it did a week ago.
For DeRozan, the Bucks acquisition puts the Spurs in a better position to sell their star wing to the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks were rumored to be interested in Holiday and now that he’s on his way to Wisconsin maybe they turn their eyes to DeMar. A package of Cam Reddish and the 6th overall pick in Wednesday’s draft should be enough to get a deal done.
Teams across the league are loading up in preparation for the season. If the San Antonio Spurs were ever looking for a time to unload veterans and stockpile picks and players for the future it’s right now.