It’s been over a week since it was announced, but the San Antonio Spurs have officially executed their trade with the Chicago Bulls. In exchange for DeMar DeRozan (via sign-and-trade), the Spurs will be receiving forwards Thaddeus Young and Al-Farouq Aminu, as well as well as a future first round pick and the Bulls’ 2022 and 2025 second round picks. Per the Spurs’ official press release:
Aminu, 6-9/220, split last season playing for Chicago and the Orlando Magic, averaging 4.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18.9 minutes. Originally selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, the former Wake Forest Demon Deacon has played for six teams in his 11-year career. Aminu holds career averages of 7.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24.9 minutes over 711 total games.
Young, 6-8/235, averaged a career-high 4.3 assists to go along with 12.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 24.3 minutes over 68 games for Chicago last season. Originally selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket spent his first seven seasons with the 76ers. Young then spent time with Minnesota, Brooklyn and Indiana before signing with Chicago in 2019. A 14-year veteran, he has played 1,033 games with career averages of 13.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 29.9 minutes. Young is one of six active players with career totals of at least 13,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 1,000 steals.
DeRozan spent three seasons with San Antonio after being acquired by the Spurs in 2018. In 206 games for the Silver and Black, DeRozan averaged 21.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 34.3 minutes, becoming the first player in Spurs history to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in a season.
Both Aminu and Young are on contracts that will expire after the 2021-22 season. Young is set to make $14.2 million this season, and Aminu will make $10.2 million. With these additions plus the acquisition of Chandler Hutchinson from the Wizards, and signings of first round draft pick Josh Primo and free agent Doug McDermott, the Spurs currently stand at 14 players, with Zach Collins, Bryn Forbes and Jock Landale still on the docket to sign their contracts. (Update: The Spurs have now signed Collins, so make that 15 guaranteed contracts without Forbes and Landale.)
Signing those three would put the Spurs over the limit of 15 guaranteed contracts, so either another trade will have to be made, or someone like Drew Eubanks — who only has $500,000 guaranteed before August 20 (or 14 days after the moratorium) — could be waived. The Spurs also still have a qualifying offer extended to Kieta Bates-Diop, which they have until August 13 to rescind. He and/or second round pick Joe Wieskamp are likely candidates for two-way contracts.
While they continue to get that all straightened out, a hefty thank you to DeMar DeRozan is in order. He didn’t come to San Antonio out of choice, but he gave the team all he had and will surely be welcomed back with a standing ovation and classic Spurs tribute video when the Bulls come to town next season.
I’m grateful for the times I shared with my teammates, our coaches and staff. THANK YOU!— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) August 3, 2021