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San Antonio Spurs fans react to trade of top pick for ’12-year-old’

San Antonio Spurs fans react to trade of top pick for ’12-year-old’

SAN ANTONIO – Spurs fans are hoping the controversial trade of a top pick for better spots in the 2030 and 2031 drafts turns out to be worth it.

San Antonio selected Connecticut guard Stephon Castle with the No. 1 pick on Wednesday night. 4 in the NBA draft. Moments later, the Spurs took Kentucky guard Rob Dillingham with the No. 8.

However, Dillingham will never wear the silver and black on the field. The Spurs traded their draft rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a 2030 first-round pick and Minnesota’s 2031 first-round pick.

As one fan put it, waiting six or seven years to cash in on the trade means the Spurs traded for “a literal 12-year-old.”

“Fire Brian Wright. Unless he’s on the phone with Atlanta or Cleveland taking Darius Garland or Trae Young, fire Brian Wright,” user Tyler Glasscock said in a video posted on X, formerly Twitter, Wednesday night.

Spurs fans seemed to have some whiplash from the news. One fan posted on X that it was “Best sketch ever! The future is now” before adding minutes later “NVM (never mind)… let’s see how that turns out.”

Another Spurs fan joked that they had a “bad dream that the Spurs traded their 8th pick for a kid who still sleeps with his favorite blanket and has to ask his mom if he can have a slumber party “.

I had a bad dream that the Spurs traded their 8th pick for a kid who still sleeps with his favorite blanket and has to ask his mom if he can have a slumber party… #PorVida (Sparse Emoji)

— Spurnandez (@RealSpurnandez) June 27, 2024

Others tried to maintain a hopeful view, suggesting there could be promising prospects through the draft around that time, or that the Spurs could plan to bundle the picks in a future trade package.

Spurs fan Moses Duggirala told KSAT Thursday that he “hit the panic button” during Wednesday night’s draft. First, he was concerned about the team drafting two guards and then the immediate trade to the Timberwolves.

After digesting the news overnight, Duggirala said he suspects the team won’t end up using the 2031 pick itself.

“My thought process is they’re not going to write anybody with it and use it in a commercial situation,” Duggirala said. “In that case, depending on who we get in that trade, I think that would dictate whether it was good or not.”

BallHoggs BBQ owner Hubert Brown, whose Spurs-themed restaurant is located near the Frost Bank Center, is putting his faith in head coach Gregg Popovich.

“Pop makes all the calls,” Brown said. “So whatever happened with that team, Pop got a yes or a no.” So whatever move was made, I think – Pop knows what he’s doing. I think he made the right choice.”

Still, the full outcome of the trade won’t be clear for six or seven years, whether that call was a slam dunk or a fly ball.

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