Grading the trade for the San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs aided the Mavs and Celtics in facilitating a three-team trade by taking on veteran Reggie Bullock. The Mavs wanted Grant Williams, and the Celtics preferred to shed some salary and receive some type of compensation for Williams. Thus, the Spurs swooped in to help the trade come to fruition.
Whilst helping push this trade through, San Antonio received Bullock. The Spurs have plenty of cap room, as they are near the minimum salary cap limit now with the addition of Bullock. Taking on Bullock and his $10 million is minimal in the grand scheme of things.
Adding Bullock to the young Spurs team is a nice touch, as he is now the most experienced player on the active roster. Bullock, with his respectable three-point shooting stroke, is beneficial for the young Spurs, as they fielded the 5th worst 3-point shooting percentage in the association last season.
Additionally, any shooting added to a lineup including Victor Wembanyama is a plus. Giving Wembanyama the utmost room to operate will allow him to fully build on his offensive arsenal in the NBA.
Potential starting lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama
The Spurs receive a B- for this trade. They were minor players in the deal, so it didn't really affect their roster or their future plans. However, adding a veteran like Bullock is useful. And, the Spurs still have a sizable amount of cap space to work with after the trade.
The 2030 first-round pick swap is a nice touch, as the Spurs are hoping to be drafting near the end of the first round for years to come after drafting a generational talent in Wembanyama.