In Spurscast episode 645, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs Director of Digital Content Joe Garcia discuss:
- The Spurs in the last four games against Cleveland, the Clippers, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City
- The Spurs trading Bryn Forbes to Denver in a three-way trade that brings Juan Hernangomez to San Antonio
- The Spurs when their main three of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Jakob Poeltl are in the same game together
The Last Four Games
The San Antonio Spurs went 2-2 in their last four games with wins by their defense against the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder, and losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns.
The Spurs are now 17-28 through 45 games of the season with the 16th ranked offense and 17th ranked defense. They finally have their full-rotation back after Tre Jones returned from health and safety protocols.
Zach Collins is getting closer to his return after participating in a G-League game with the Austin Spurs, and multiple assistant coaches on the team have entered health and safety protocols.
The Three-Team Trade
Wednesday the Spurs traded Bryn Forbes to Denver in a three-team trade that included the Boston Celtics and Nuggets. For taking on Juan Hernangomez’s $6.9 million contract, the Spurs received cash considerations and a protected 2028 second-round pick from Denver.
In the episode, Hernagomez’s deal is examined for this season and his non-guaranteed salary for next season. Plus, there’s a conversation about what realistic playing time he’ll get and whether he can be moved again before the February 10 trade deadline.
The Main Three of Murray, White, and Poeltl
The Spurs are now 13-14 in 27 games when Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Jakob Poeltl are in the same game together.
Since Thanksgiving, the Spurs are 11-6 when those 3 players are in a game together. The Spurs are 6-8 when Murray and White play in crunch time together, a far better record than their 6-13 overall crunch time record.
In the episode, projected records are discussed if the Spurs can remain healthy for the rest of the season with the three of them.
There was also a recent trade rumor involving the Toronto Raptors having an interest in Poeltl. The rumor is discussed in the episode.