Troy Brown Jr.
But enough discussion about aging veterans. Now we get to the players that are more aligned with Wembanyama's timeline that would have made sense to put around him. Troy Brown Jr. was sent from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Detroit Pistons in order to acquire Monte Morris.
Brown is by no means a bad player. The primary reason he was only getting 11.1 minutes per night in Minnesota is that he was buried in the rotation by a long line of veteran players. The Timberwolves are in win-now mode, and they have a bunch of experienced players positioned around Anthony Edwards, which made it harder for Troy to get on the floor.
It would have made sense for the Spurs to pursue a young talent the likes of Brown. He is an effective three-and-D player that can be plugged and placed in multiple places in a lineup, and at just 24 years old his timeline fits that of Wembanyama, Vassell, and other young players in San Antonio's core.
Now, Brown will get a chance to showcase his talent in Detroit, where there will undoubtedly be more minutes available for him than on the Western Conference-leading Timberwolves. He may not be a future All-Star, but the Spurs missed a prime opportunity to get a potential rotational player for a low price.