Ever since free agency kicked off, Doug McDermott has been linked with the San Antonio Spurs. But the original notice has altered to a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers.
New Spurs forward Doug McDermott: 1 of only 10 players in the NBA to make over 100 three-pointers while shooting over .500 from the floor last season. pic.twitter.com/je3ysWR8g6— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) August 8, 2021
In a press release Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs announced that in addition to McDermott, they have acquired a 2023 protected second round pick and the right to swap 2026 second round picks with the Indiana Pacers in exchange for San Antonio’s 2023 protected second round pick.
It’s basically amounts to an upgrade of two second round picks.
This just reaffirms that there are so many moving parts involved in moving a player. It wasn’t so long ago the Spurs rearranged the calculus to get DeMarre Carroll to San Antonio after initial plans changed.
Last year McDermott averaged 13.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists, all career-highs, in Indiana. He was one of 10 players in the NBA to make over 100 three-pointers while shooting over .500 from the field last year.
McDermott was drafted with the 11th overall in 2014 by the Denver Nuggets. He was traded on draft night to the Chicago Bulls where he spent two seasons before being traded to Oklahoma City during the 2016-17 season. Additional moves through New York and Dallas occurred before he signed with Indiana in July of 2018 where he spent the last three seasons.
McDermott will wear No. 17 for the Silver and Black. He is the fifth player to wear #17 behind Mario Elie, Charlie Ward, Brent Barry, and Jonathan Simmons. Both Elie and Barry wore #17 when they earned Championship rings with the Spurs.
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