Offseason Report Card: Spurs get five As, three Bs and two Cs for summer moves

The San Antonio Spurs fully embraced their rebuild and it landed them the No. 1 pick and French phenom Victor Wembanyama. How else did they do with their busy offseason this summer?
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10. Traded Leonard Miller

Traded the 33rd pick in 2023 Draft (used on G League Ignite forward Leonard Miller) to the Minnesota Timberwolves for two 2028 second-round picks

If the Spurs were looking for a forward from the G League Ignite, they had one in hand in Leonard Miller and then agreed to trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a pair of distant second-round picks. That's likely to be a poor return for the 33rd pick; those picks could both be in the low 30s, but it's much more likely one or both of them end up as relatively valueless picks.

At 33, the Spurs had the chance to pick a number of players who would be better prospects than Cissoko, at least in my evaluations. That includes Miller, who was a first-round talent with the upside to become a full-time starter for the Spurs.

That's the difference in Miller and Cissoko; the Spurs bet on a player who will need some time and could become a bench player. In Miller, the Spurs could have put in the time and potentially come out with a starter, or even a 20-10 kind of player at the 4 next to Wembanyama. His upside is no less present than Cissoko, and it reaches much higher.

The two 2028 picks aren't enough to justify the difference in value here. It's not the highest-impact decision, but it was a miss with the Spurs' second-best draft asset this year. Hitting on the small moves as well as the big ones will be key to the Spurs maximizing the roster aroud Wembanyama.

Grade: C-