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San Antonio Spurs: Grading every offseason move so far

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San Antonio Spurs send DeMar DeRozan to Bulls for Young, Aminu, 3 future picks

The move that undoubtedly sent the most shockwaves through the NBA was the Spurs' deal with the Chicago Bulls. While there was chatter that DeMar DeRozan would be meeting with the LA Clippers, that story took a quick turn when the news of an agreed trade with Chicago broke.

The full trade involved Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a 2022 second-round pick, and a 2025 first and second-round pick headed to San Antonio for DeRozan.

Considering the writing was on the wall for DeMar to head out of town for nothing if he wasn't moved, it's hard to see this trade as anything but a win for San Antonio. As The Athletic's John Hollinger pointed out (subscription required), the Spurs already had an almost completely full roster with a lot of cap space and turned that into three picks with the potential for even more moves. He even labeled the Bulls' end of the deal the "biggest head-scratcher of 2021 free agency".

The bottom line is the Spurs turned likely nothing into future assets and a 33-year old veteran who can fill a need as either a trade asset or frontcourt option in Young. This was a home run.

Grade: A+

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