The Spurs sneak in another surprising trade before the deadline
The San Antonio Spurs have traded Josh Richardson to the New Orleans Pelicans for Devonte' Graham and four second-round picks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Richardson will have the opportunity to bolster the second unit for a team with genuine playoff aspirations, playing alongside superstar forward Zion Williamson and All-Star sidekick Brandon Ingram.
In another slick move from Brian Wright, the fourth-year General Manager cleared $600K in cap space by acquiring Graham. The Spurs also obtain a much-needed primary ballhandler who can come off the bench.
Like Dewayne Dedmon and Khem Birch, the other deadline additions, the fifth-year guard slipped out of the rotation with his former club before he landed in the 2-1-0. With that said, Graham proved he has juice left in the tank, scoring a season-high 21 points against the Spurs in November.
Graham averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 assists on 36.8% shooting across 52 games for the Pelicans this season. Although he is under contract through 2025, the final year of his deal only has a partial guarantee worth $2.85M, so San Antonio will have plenty of room on their payroll.
The Silver and Black have amassed seven second-rounders and a top-six protected first-rounder over the last 48 hours. With less than ten minutes until the trade deadline ends, could PATFO sneak in another transaction?