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Spurs make mysterious trade in 2024 NBA Draft

Spurs make mysterious trade in 2024 NBA Draft
Spurs make mysterious trade in 2024 NBA Draft

Rookie of the Year Victor Wembanyama is known to hate losing. That’s why the Spurs picked the number 8 to get him reinforcements. In six or seven years.

After signing UConn guard Stephon Castle with the No. 4 pick, San Antonio traded No. 8 pick Rob Dillingham to Minnesota. The price was confusing: an unprotected first-round pick in 2031 plus the right to trade first-round picks with the Timberwolves in 2030 unless the Wolves get the No. 1 pick.

There are a few possibilities for this. One is that the Spurs hated this draft so much that they would rather wait six years for a young player than settle for a player outside the top seven. Another is that they are accumulating draft capital for a trade even though they already have five additional first-round picks over the next six years.

The Timberwolves were a big winner as they were able to add a lottery pick at a relatively cheap price. This was especially important as they will likely have a salary cap hit at the second position. That would prevent them from signing players on minimum contracts, but trading for a rookie gets them past that, especially one who could replace Mike Conley at point guard.

It’s so helpful for the Timberwolves that you’d think the Spurs couldn’t have gotten more. Trading for Rudy Gobert severely limits the choices Minnesota has to trade, but it’s hard to imagine this was the best deal available.

Perhaps Wembanyama is OK with the plan to have bonus picks available in his prime, as he will be 27 when the Timberwolves’ extra pick comes in. But for such a competitive player, the Spurs will expect a lot of patience from him.

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