2.) The DeMar DeRozan Trade
In the summer of 2021, Wright orchestrated one of his more impressive trades. Despite not trading DeMar DeRozan during the prior season, Wright and the Spurs were able to work out a sign-and-trade with DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls. In exchange, the Spurs got Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, two second-round picks, and a top-10 protected 2025 first.
The Spurs later traded Young and one of those seconds for a first-round pick, which they used to draft Malaki Branham. Chicago's future first is likely to convey since it is also top-8 protected in 2026 and 2027. Turning DeRozan, who wasn't going to re-sign with the Spurs, into essentially two firsts and a second is pretty smart, to say the least.
Not only that but the results of that trade could be felt for years to come. Branham showed promise as a teenage rookie, while that pick could convey near the end of Wembanyama's rookie contract. In fact, it may possibly give the Spurs another chance to draft in the lottery, even if they are a playoff team by then.