Welcome back to kawntent sports. In this trade, Cam Thomas heads to a team where he will finally get minutes in San Antonio, and the Nets get more pick flexibility. Let’s get into more detail.
The Spurs in this trade get a young potential All-Star in Cam Thomas to accelerate the young core around Wembanyama, Vassell, Johnson, etc. He will bring a solid scoring spark to the lineup, probably as a sixth man until he’s fully developed. They also get a solid veteran leader in Royce O’Neale, although he’s here partially for salary. They manage to keep all of their own first round picks, trading just two protected picks that are likely to convey but will not be in the top 5.
Starters: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Royce O’Neale, Keldon Johnson, Victor Wembanyama
Bench: Cam Thomas, Jeremy Sochan, Cam Payne, Reggie Bullock, Cedi Osman, Zach Collins
The Nets deal a non-rotation player and a player who doesn’t fit their timeline in exchange for two first round picks that are likely to convey in the second half of the lottery, along with Devonte Graham for salary and a second round pick from the Lakers. This gives the Nets the flexibility to rebuild with some extremely solid draft assets in exchange for some players that aren’t really that useful to them. This includes a potential lottery pick in the very valuable 2025 draft, which could alter the future of the Nets.
Starters: Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Dorian Finney-Smith, Cam Johnson, Nic Claxton
Bench: Lonnie Walker IV, Ben Simmons, Noah Clowney, Dariq Whitehead, Day’Ron Sharpe, Devonte Graham, Darius Bazley
Let me know what you think of this deal in the comments! Cam Thomas could use a new home, but are the Spurs the best fit? And does one side overpay? I’m curious to hear your opinion.