Spurs land perfect puzzle piece in monster three-team trade: instant reaction

The San Antonio Spurs joined the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls for a 3-team trade featuring DeMar DeRozan and Harrison Barnes.
DeMar DeRozan, Devin Vassell
DeMar DeRozan, Devin Vassell / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

You can't say that the San Antonio Spurs are the youngest team in the league anymore. The Silver and Black agreed to be the third team in a massive trade to facilitate DeMar DeRozan's path to the Sacramento Kings. DeRozan leaves the Chicago Bulls after three seasons, where the partnership with Zach LaVine did not work out the way the organization intended.

The six-time all-star will now head to Sacramento to join Domantas Sabonis and De'Aaron Fox in pursuit of a championship. The Spurs needed more shooting, more depth and more veteran leadership. They got all three in this deal, with Harrison Barnes making his way down south to join Alamo City for Victor Wembanyama's sophomore season.

Spurs are gearing up for the future

Wembanyama made comments during the season about his desire to have a veteran on the roster. Seven days into free agency, the Spurs have added the ultimate veteran, Chris Paul, and NBA champion Harrison Barnes (32 years old) to the roster. Barnes will be a great addition to the team, as he brings a ton of playoff experience, having been a main cog in playoff runs with the Golden State Warriors.

The Spurs need shooting and Barnes shot 39% from three last season. The veteran forward went to college at the University of North Carolina, so from college to professional basketball, Barnes was surrounded by a winning culture. He'll bring that pedigree to what was the youngest team in the NBA last season.

Brian Wright has faced a lot of scrutiny as Spurs fans clamor for a return to the days of greatness, but he's shown patience and resolve. It's paying off as the Spurs continue to add assets while adding talent around Wembanyama.