Bryn Forbes Trade Notes: Pick Protection, Cash, More

The 2028 second-round pick the Nuggets are sending to the Spurs in the three-team Bryn Forbes trade will be top-33 protected, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). Wojnarowski also reports that San Antonio is receiving $2.35MM in cash in the trade, including $2.15MM from the Celtics. Presumably, that means Denver is sending $200K to the Spurs.

That cash will offset the higher cost of Juan Hernangomez‘s remaining salary. Hernangomez is earning a $6.18MM base salary, plus $837K in incentives, per Spotrac, while Forbes has a more modest $4.5MM cap charge.

Here’s more on the trade:

  • While the three-team deal benefits the Celtics and Spurs from an off-court perspective, Denver’s willingness to give up a future draft pick for a player who will likely be a rental is the biggest story, writes John Hollinger of The Athletic. It’s a strong signal the Nuggets still believe they can contend this spring, perhaps with Jamal Murray and/or Michael Porter Jr. back in their lineup.
  • Within his look at the deal, Tom Orsborn of The San Antonio Express-News says Thaddeus Young could be the next Spurs veteran on the move. San Antonio typically doesn’t make many in-season deals, but it seems unlikely that Young – who is on an expiring contract and last played on December 31 – will finish the season with the team.
  • Bobby Marks of ESPN (Twitter links) provides some additional information on the trade from the Celtics‘ perspective, observing that the team will likely absorb Bol Bol and PJ Dozier into a previously-existing traded player exception from last offseason’s Kemba Walker deal, creating a new $6.9MM trade exception in the process. Since Jaylen Brown is unlikely to achieve the bonuses in his contract, Boston may only have to shed about $850K in additional salary to sneak under the tax line, Marks adds.
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