San Antonio Spurs lose UFA shooting guard Bryn Forbes to Milwaukee Bucks

On Sunday morning, San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Bryn Forbes officially signed a two-year contract to join the Milwaukee Bucks.

Any team that needed shooting at the end of their rotation was bound to come across Bryn Forbes eventually. Early on Sunday, it was announced that the San Antonio Spurs shooting guard is headed East to join former Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer and the Milwaukee Bucks on a two-year contract with a player option for the second year.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the news, Forbes took this deal in hopes of playing a significant part in what the Bucks expect to be a title run. With Wes Matthews departing for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bucks needed to fill some depth at the shooting guard position and while Forbes isn’t going to fill the defensive aspect of a 3-and-D role, he can sure as hell shoot the ball.

After going undrafted in 2016, Forbes made himself known as one of the San Antonio Spurs’ hardest-working players. Being an undersized guard with physical limitations hurt Forbes’ chances of ever making it in the league, but sticking to his wits and learning from the Spurs organization put him in a position to find a new deal out in the league.

What does this mean for the San Antonio Spurs? Well, it may not be pretty, but addition by subtraction is a real possibility here. Forbes averaged just-under 27 minutes per game in his final two seasons in San Antonio and in his most recent year, Forbes was historically bad on defense. Much of this boils down to being the worst defender on a bad defensive team and Milwaukee should have an easier time covering up his faults, but the Spurs just caught a big win.

Without a doubt, this means minutes are ready to be distributed at the shooting guard position. Assuming DeRozan remains in the starting five at either the three or four, a starting role is unequivocally going to fall into Derrick White’s hands for the 2020-21 NBA season. There’s also a decent chance some of those minutes get distributed between Lonnie Walker IV, Keldon Johnson and maybe even rookie Devin Vassell.

Only time will tell, but having that roster flexibility without having to worry about Bryn is a win for the San Antonio Spurs’ rotation.