"The Spurs front office lost its magic."
The Spurs drafted Dejounte Murray in 2016. Then they snagged Derrick White in 2017. Lonnie Walker, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell soon followed. Somewhere along the way between annual 50-win seasons and now, some Spurs fans got it in their heads that the front office is a disaster. I must say, I don't see it.
Of course, there's much more to running an organization than drafting well, but despite some rare misses, they've done well for themselves no matter where they've been selecting. Has the Spurs' front office been perfect over the last few years? Well, no. As mentioned, there were poor choices made with the DeRozan and Aldridge experiment. There have also been some misfires with contracts like the one given to Pau Gasol and the DeMarre Carroll debacle.
From building up guys like George Hill, Cory Joseph, and Kyle Anderson, the Spurs developmental staff has been a top-tier for decades now, and much of that has to do with the character of guys they acquire through drafts or trades.
Time will tell how the development of the new crop of guys will play out, with Devin Vassell being a guy I'm particularly excited about going forward. The selection of Joshua Primo also showed that this organization is no longer timid about taking chances, and I think they've earned that right by now.
Is the front office what it used to be? No, but that's what happens when you don't have Hall of Famers abound making everything easier. Still, to say they've completely lost their magic is a stretch.