After years of trade deadline inactivity, the San Antonio Spurs shockingly made not one, but two trades. In the aftermath of the two jaw-dropping deadline deals, it's clear that the Spurs are moving in a new direction.
That direction involves the team fully embracing a rebuild in hopes of quickly retooling around NBA All-Star Dejounte Murray. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the Spurs' wild trade season and assess their moves.
Grading the Spurs' Young Trade
After months of speculation, the Spurs finally traded Thaddeus Young along with Drew Eubanks and Detroit's 2022 2nd round pick to the Toronto Raptors for Goran Dragic and their 2022 1st round pick. The deal is a clever one by the Spurs, who wisely held onto Young knowing that a playoff team would have interest in him.
In fact, other teams reportedly made offers for Young but San Antonio held out and ended up getting a 1st round pick in return for him. San Antonio did have to include the Pistons pick, which is projected to be 32nd overall, to get Toronto's 1st-rounder, which is projected to be 20th. Thus, the Spurs essentially traded up 12 spots in the upcoming NBA Draft for the low cost of Young and Eubanks.
That's a great move by the Spurs when taking into account neither of them had futures with the team. And though they had to take back Dragic, he's on an expiring contract, so he'll soon be bought out. As a result, the Spurs were able to complete the deal without carrying salary into next season.
That's important because they're still in a position to have significant cap space and now multiple 1st round picks.
Up next, the surprising trade with the Boston Celtics.