Spurs GM answers fans burning question regarding draft day trade

Spurs fans have been wondering why the team traded the No. 8 overall draft pick in the 2024 NBA Draft and San Antonio GM Brian Wright has an answer.
Brian Wright, Jordan Howenstine, Dejounte Murray
Brian Wright, Jordan Howenstine, Dejounte Murray / Ronald Cortes/GettyImages

Sometimes the answer you get is not the answer you want to hear, and this is a prime example of that idea. The San Antonio Spurs have a plethora of needs but opted to trade their eighth overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a first-round pick swap in 2030 and an unprotected first-round pick in 2031. Fans on social media were vocal in expressing their distaste for the move and they have every right to feel that way if not for one thing: this wasn't a strong draft.

Still, wanting more team players when players are available to improve your roster is understandable. It's easier to see what the team is doing when they just bring a guy in. It is easier to begin projecting, dissecting and judging moves when a specific individual is involved. In this case, the hope was that the Spurs made this trade to keep cap space and a roster spot available for a potential free-agent acquisition or trade piece.

The Spurs plan may be to confuse everyone

San Antonio is keeping their cards close to the vest. It wasn't too long ago that Brian Wright claimed that there were plenty of good players in this draft, but then they traded one of the lottery picks. He also said that they planned on being aggressive, but after making that move, he said it was not with free agency in mind but based on the value they placed on the pick.

There is only one thing to take from this series of events: don't listen to anything they say. Fans are continuously reminded of how secretive the Spurs' front office is. The team's beat writers have shouted it all offseason, and if that's not enough, the bait-and-switch should be the giveaway. Everything is still on the table, but trying to predict what San Antonio is going to do based on quotes will only drive you crazy.