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Grading 2 proposed Spurs trades involving Westbrook, Kyrie Irving

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1. The Spurs come away with two future picks

The first proposed trade involves the San Antonio Spurs taking on Russell Westbrook while giving up only Josh Richardson. For their services, they'd be receiving a future second-round pick from the Brooklyn Nets and a top-3 protected pick in 2029 from the Los Angeles Lakers.

I thoroughly enjoyed the stretch of games Richardson had with the Spurs after the trade with the Celtics last season. He was an absolute sniper from the outside and fit in seamlessly with the young group of guys. That said, it's hard to see him as anything close to untouchable when you look at the front office's current strategy.

This organization is going young, and they're hoping to strike gold both in upcoming drafts and with their current promising guys like Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, and Josh Primo.

Using Richardson's expiring contract in a deal netting a first-round pick is probably something Brian Wright would do, but having to wait until 2029 takes away from this deal a bit for me. Given Richardson's 3-and-D game and other valuable assets like Jakob Poeltl, I think the Spurs could do a bit better, even if they have to create their own package.

If I was grading this trade from the Nets' perspective, I'd be much harsher. Since we're looking at it from a silver and black lens, I'll bump it up slightly.

Grade: B-

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