Why trading Bryn Forbes was the right move for the Spurs

The first domino fell – and perhaps not the last – of the trading season for Spurs, as they replaced Bryn Forbes for Denver as part of a three-team deal. In turn, they take on Juancho Hernangomez of the Celtics and Nuggets in the 2028 second round.

Did Spurs do the right thing by trading Bryn Forbes? Are you happy to be back?

Marilyn Dubinsky: I’ve never been one of those fans who constantly complained that Forbes was on the Spurs roster, especially this season when it was used properly. I’m glad, however, that Forbes is going to what will likely be a better situation for him in Denver (I’m honestly shocked that he came back here to begin when a rotation spot wasn’t guaranteed, just showing how much he loves San Antonio), and his exit could potentially open the door for a lasting role for Josh Primo this season.

As for the comeback, there’s nothing exciting about Hernangomez’s younger brother or second-round pick after six years, and he’ll likely be third-passenger behind Keldon Johnson and some Keita Bates-Diop and Zach Collins mix (assuming the latter returns soon), but that feels like a move that’s been made. Designed for Forbes and possibly to make way for Primo, that’s enough to satisfy me – for now.

Mark Barrington: I’m so happy for Brian because he’s going to compete. Brian is a good player with a great dressing room presence, elite skill and glaring shortcomings for the rest of the game. A player like this can be more valuable on a rival team than on a team near the bottom of the ranking. They can plug it in when they need some quick points to win the game, but Spurs need so much more than that.

I’m happy to be back, because Brien won’t be doing much this year with Spurs anyway and even if Hernangomes is bought, any kind of selection going forward will provide value to the team, even if it’s only one asset being traded against another. I haven’t seen Juancho play this year, so I’m still hoping he might be able to contribute something because he’s really tall and he’s playing really hard. If he does not succeed, his salary for next season will not be guaranteed, so Tottenham can easily move forward.

Bruno Passos: I’m probably in the minority of people who haven’t laser focused on Juancho Hernangomez in the past few years outside of starring in the next Adam Sandler movie. He vaguely seemed like the kind of versatile court player most teams need, and I know he’s had fans in Denver since some seasons. I don’t know why he didn’t catch up in Minnesota or Boston, although that’s a reason for fans to temper their expectations. As of now, the biggest payoff on the deal may be the Forbes free minutes from the likes of Josh Primo.

However, Juancho’s bigger salary (while his next year isn’t guaranteed, he’ll cost the front office a bit more than Forbes this season) and playing a position of need makes you think Spurs envision a role for him outside of a flyer. At least it might be a more useful deep piece from Forbes as Spurs tries to stay in the mix. Perhaps it would be waived and give the front office more flexibility in the list in Thaddeus Young’s trading.

Jesus Gomez: It was odd for Tottenham to sign Forbes in the off-season in the first place, so it’s not at all surprising that he left before the deadline. He’s been good in his role this year, but he’s not going to change the fortunes of the team and he wasn’t part of the future, so I think it was the right thing to move him. Sending him to a good team that would give him minutes from day one was great for Spurs. The trade in all likelihood makes San Antonio a little worse, but it shouldn’t have a huge impact.

The payout isn’t impressive, but Forbes wouldn’t have made a first-round pick or an intriguing prospect. A second coach and a chance at a reclamation project in Hernangomes seemed a good fit. I don’t see Juancho playing much, but with all the absences we’ve had this season, having an extra striker with NBA experience isn’t a bad thing, and since his contract for next year isn’t guaranteed, there’s really no risk.

Do you think Spurs will get more, less or nothing at all (the acquisition) for Thaddeus Young?

Depth: I hope they get something in return for it, although I don’t expect much unless they are willing to include his young players with him (like Lonnie Walker – which pains me to say). I would be disappointed if it came to another acquisition of a veteran who Spurs couldn’t move despite having at least a lot of theoretical value around the league, but I wouldn’t necessarily see it as a huge failure by Batvo. The point of DeMar DeRozan’s trade was to do him a favor, get him where he wanted to be, and of course get something in return for it. It was clear from day one that the Spurs valued the venture capital they had in this trade the most, and they still have it.

Barrington: Thaddeus is clearly a much better and more valuable player than Bryn, but trading in the player’s NBA with his salary (around $14 million) can be difficult to execute. I think The Suns can definitely use it, unless they decide to roll with Bismack Biyombo, but they will have to bring back more than one player to match salaries, which could end up buying Hernangomez to accommodate more players.

steps: I think there are enough teams competing and competing together that he’s a strong team maker, even if he’s not been around much this year. If another piece like the recently injured Myles Turner comes off the board, why not hire Young at a lower cost and see if he’s what puts you on top? It might be hard for Spurs to make money, given their high salary, but this is where Hernangomez’s position in the player roster could allow them to accommodate several players (and ideally, assets in return).

Gomez: The closer we get to the deadline, the higher the possibility of a takeover deal, because every other team knows that if they don’t move him, Tottenham won’t stop him from joining the play-off team out of spite. But it is hoped that the general manager will want to make sure they get a good small ball position rather than taking his chances in the possession market and throwing Spurs at least a second-rounder and a young player. I can see San Antonio getting a quicker pick from the Nuggets and someone younger than Juancho for Thad, but I don’t think they’ll get a first-rounder or much prospect for him, so probably a similar comeback.

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