For years, the San Antonio Spurs have been known for their low-key free agent acquisitions and even quieter trade deals. But if the latter half of last season and this summer are any indication, once-overpowered Silver & Black may have changed their ways.
Before we unravel and access the current changes (Dejounte Murray and Jock Landale to the Atlanta Hawks, Lonnie Walker IV to the Los Angeles Lakers, Dalino Gallinari waived), let’s take a look back at some of the changes from last season.
To make it fun, we’ve put it in a quiz format. With the expertise of Noah Magaro-George, all transactions have been verified. There are 5 questions, 20 points each, 100 points is the best score. (Don’t search for it or scroll until you answer all the questions).
Question 1 – Not even a year ago, the Spurs made a signing and a trade by sending DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls. What did Spurs get in return and what happened to those acquisitions?
Question2- What did Spurs acquire in the Derrick White trade?
Question 3 – Bryn Forbes started the season with Spurs (via free agency). Follow the trade until the end of the season. Who technically put Bryn Forbes on the roster at the end of the season?
Question 4- Malaki Branham was drafted in 20th place. Name the two Spurs players traded to acquire this pick. What team did they trade with and what other player came up with that draft pick?
Question 5- Which Austin Spurs member did the Spurs sign a 10-day contract due to the hardship exemption on New Years Day? Who are the other two players who signed 10-day contracts in the same week due to the hardship exemption?
Voila. Five questions. There are multiple facets to each question, so partial credit is possible. Look below for answers and point values.
A1- Spurs received Thaddeus Young and Al-Farouq Aminu, a protected first-round pick and two second-round picks. One of those second-round draft picks was Kennedy Chandler, the 38th pick in the 2022 draft, who was traded on draft night to the Memphis Grizzlies.
A2- Josh Richardson (7 points), Romeo Langford (7 points) and 25th draft pick Blake Wesley (2 points if you said “draft pick”, 4 points if you named Wesley) and a pick trade of first round in 2028 with the Celtics (2 points).
A3- Forbes was traded for Juancho Hernangómez in a three-team trade (Spurs, Nuggets and Celtics). Spurs then traded Hernangómez to the Utah Jazz in another three-team trade (Spurs/Jazz/Trail Blazers) and picked up Tomáš Satoranský (who had only been with the team for a day after being traded from the Pelicans from the New Orleans). Satoranský had his contract bought out and joined the Washington Wizards. With his spot vacated, Spurs converted Devontae Cacok and Joe Wieskamp’s two-way deals to full deals, eventually signing Austin Spurs on the canceled two-way contracts. 5 points if you said Hernangómez, 5 more if you named Satoranský, 10 more if you remember the conversion of bilateral contracts and named Cacok or Wieskamp.
A4- Thaddeus Young (5 points) and Drew Eubanks (5 points). Toronto Raptors (5 points) and Goran Dragić (5 points).
A5- Jaylen Morris (10 points). Anthony Lamb (5 points) and Tyler Johnson (5 points).
How did you do? Did you know all these players? Were you surprised at how many people have come through Spurs this season?
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