Alert the press -- the San Antonio Spurs have now made two in-season deals in 2022.
Just three weeks after trading Bryn Forbes to the Denver Nuggets and getting back Juancho Hernangomez plus a second-round pick, news broke that they're flipping Hernangomez to the Utah Jazz for a 2027 second-round pick and Portland Trail Blazers guard Tomas Satoransky.
Satoransky is a 30 year-old, 6-7 guard who's shown an ability to knock down threes in the past but hasn't been playing well or often for New Orleans this season. With the Spurs already being loaded with talented guards all in their 20s, it's tough to see him playing a real role in San Antonio soon, leading many to believe another move is on the way before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.
The Minor move makes the Forbes trade even better
With all of these moves settled, that means the Spurs paid Forbes $4.5 million for half of a season and then traded him to a contender (when healthy) for two future second-round picks and $2.35 million. That's a pretty well-managed return on an already small investment.
Not only has Joshua Primo been able to play more minutes with Forbes now moved, but the extra picks allow the Spurs more chances to find a diamond in the rough in the second round -- as they once did with Manu Ginobili and solid role players like Tre Jones and Dejuan Blair.
San Antonio is slowly and methodically adding more and more assets to their arsenal that they can either use themselves or package in a trade for a help-now kind of guy.
As frustrated as many fans were when the front office brought back Forbes due to his lack of defensive abilities, it looks like they knew what they were doing all along.