Spurs make minor trade that might signal more moves at the deadline
The San Antonio Spurs have acquired Dewayne Dedmon and a second-round pick from the Miami Heat in their first transaction before the trade deadline, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Though there is no news on what the Spurs are sending to Miami to make this deal work, Dedmon plugs the roster vacancy left when Gorgui Dieng's ten-day contract expired a week ago.
The 33-year-old backup center averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season, replacing Omer Yurtseven in the Heat rotation after the youngster needed midseason ankle surgery.
Dedmon has experience playing under Gregg Popovich, spending his lone season in the 2-1-0 as the starting five, a role he grabbed from Pau Gasol before the 2017 NBA All-Star Break.
San Antonio is in the middle of an all-out rebuild, so there's a chance they waive Dedmon so the veteran can potentially sign with a playoff team and compete for a title in the twilight of his career.
Dedmon would only be a $4.7M cap hit this season if PATFO released him, and the organization would not be responsible for paying him in the 2023-24 season since the final year of his contract is non-guaranteed.
This trade could signal the beginning of an influx of moves from the Spurs in the next 48 hours. Reports have indicated that San Antonio could be an influential player at the deadline, so buckle up for more action.