The 2024 NBA trade deadline has finally passed, and just as we suspected, the San Antonio Spurs were not deadline buyers. This was the expected outcome given San Antonio's current situation being far away from a playoff or even play-in spot. They will stay patient and look to build for the future.
Doing that will require small but intentional moves, and they did accomplish one move of that nature before the 2:00 PM CT deadline hit. The Spurs sent Doug McDermott to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Marcus Morris, a second-round draft pick and cash.
While this was far from the biggest NBA news of the day, it still carries the potential for lasting effects on the Spurs going forward. Here are two positive and one negative effects we could see from this move.
Positive - Another draft pick
This one is short and to the point. San Antonio will be able to add another draft pick from Indiana to their massive collection of draft capital. Second-round picks seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but adding another to the vault is never a bad thing.
A second-round pick is basically the ultimate wild card in the NBA these days. That pick will likely become a low-end role player at best, but there is always the chance it could either become a solid rotational player or even be packaged and used to acquire something even better. Either way, getting this pick was a good move for the Spurs.