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Spurs: What's the Next Move After Trading Bryn Forbes?

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The San Antonio Spurs finally got over their aversion to in-season trades by agreeing to send Bryn Forbes off for Juancho Hernangomez and a second-round pick on Tuesday. They might not be done dealing quite yet.

As I addressed previously, the Spurs' gains from the trade are threefold: They get a low-risk power forward option that can be waived for cap space if needed, obtain a draft pick that can be used or traded, and free up more minutes for Joshua Primo and Tre Jones.

Obviously, there are still many moves San Antonio will need to make over the next offseason and beyond to get back to being contenders. While I wouldn't expect that to begin with a blockbuster mid-season trade, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Spurs make another small move or two to set up bigger things down the line.

We'll eventually get to the bigger scale moves the Spurs should make, but what is the front office likely looking to achieve in the remaining few weeks until the February 10th NBA trade deadline?

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1. What will the Spurs do with Juancho Hernangomez?

A new wrinkle in the Spurs' immediate future has to do with their newest addition, 26-year-old Juancho Hernangomez. Early speculation is that it'll be hard for him to crack the rotation in San Antonio, and I tend to agree.

As John Hollinger stated in his wrap-up of the trade (subscription required), the Spurs could opt to buy out his contract and sign Joe Wieskamp to a full spot instead of a two-way contract. It's certainly a viable option, as Hernangomez is thought to have interest from Real Madrid to play for better money while the Spurs don't really have a big need for him.

The buyout would free up another $7.5 million in cap space this summer when big names like Zach LaVine and Deandre Ayton are on the market.

Aside from Juancho, the Spurs have other dangling questions to address.

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