2. Doug McDermott sign-and-trade
The Spurs initially agreed to a 3-year, $42 million deal with Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott. The contract itself is a good one, considering McDermott is one of the league’s best shooters and the Spurs urgently needing shooting.
The minor issue with this move, however, lies within the sign-and-trade that was worked out between the Spurs and Pacers. The Spurs actually received very little in return for helping the Pacers create a $7.3 million trade exception.
Both teams agreed to trade top 55 protected 2023 2nd round picks, though, neither of these picks is likely to convey. Additionally, the 2026 2nd round pick swap the Spurs received isn’t as good as it might seem. Overall, the acquisition of McDermott was great, though the sign-and-trade aspect wasn't.
1. DeMar DeRozan sign-and-trade
Despite former Spur DeMar DeRozan being an unrestricted free agent this offseason, the team was still able to get significant assets for him. San Antonio facilitated his move to Chicago and was able to get three picks, including a 2025 first-round pick, in return.
The Spurs also received Al Farouq-Aminu and Thaddeus Young. While Aminu is likely either to be cut or used as salary filler in a bigger trade, Young holds a lot of value. They could retain him and benefit from his versatile skillset or look to trade him for even more assets. Ultimately this sign-and-trade ranks as the Spurs' best offseason move.
It's unclear how these moves will ultimately pan out. That said, San Antonio has largely done a good job this off-season and the rebuild appears to have gotten off to a good start.