The Spurs sneak in another surprising trade before the deadline

San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Pelicans / Sean Gardner/GettyImages

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?

Next. Spurs make minor trade the signals more moves before the deadline. dark