Spurs Go Absolutely Bonkers on NBA Trade Deadline Day

Derrick White, Thaddeus Young, Amir Coffey
Derrick White, Thaddeus Young, Amir Coffey / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages

There was hardly a quiet minute for the San Antonio Spurs as they proceeded to wheel and deal all afternoon ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

First, GM Brian Wright traded Thaddeus Young, Drew Eubanks, and their 2022 second-round pick via Detroit to the Toronto Raptors for Goran Dragic and a 2022 first-round protected pick.

San Antonio is expected to negotiate a buyout for Dragic, meaning they made the move mostly for the additional first-round pick -- which is a big win compared to buying out Young and getting back nothing. Spurs writer Matthew Tynan summed up how the protection will work.

Shortly after acquiring the additional first-round pick, the front office made a surprising move, agreeing to trade starting shooting guard Derrick White to the Boston Celtics for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, a top-4 protected 2022 first-round pick, and a 2028 pick swap.

The move took many, including newly named NBA All-Star Dejounte Murray, by surprise, judging from his reaction on Twitter.

San Antonio was also seeking to acquire yet another first-round pick in a separate trade with the Charlotte Hornets centered around Jakob Poeltl, as reported by Michael Scotto of HoopsHype:

"The Charlotte Hornets and San Antonio Spurs have discussed a possible trade of PJ Washington, Kai Jones, and the inclusion of a first-round draft pick for Jakob Poeltl," said Scotto. "Currently, both sides are haggling over the potential inclusion of a first-round pick in the trade."

Later in the afternoon, the Hornets acquired Montrezl Harrell from the Washington Wizards, meaning the deal for Poeltl likely fell through. Still, it goes to show just how active the front office was all afternoon in setting up for a huge couple of offseasons coming up.

All in all, the Spurs made four trades since January 19th that included Bryn Forbes, Juancho Hernangomez, Thaddeus Young, Drew Eubanks, and Derrick White. They also nearly traded a second starter in Poeltl.

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It's clear the days of "we like what we have" are long gone, as the San Antonio Spurs are stockpiling assets in an attempt to speed up the rebuild quicker than usual. While this season will likely end in a fizzle, the summer suddenly looks a lot brighter for the Silver and Black.