The Philadelphia 76ers don’t have an impressive trade history with the San Antonio Spurs.
There have been some teams within this series of articles that the Philadelphia 76ers don’t have a particularly good or bad trade history with. The trade histories between the Sixers and certain clubs just aren’t that unique and the San Antonio Spurs just happen to be one of those certain teams.
The two franchises have only executed six trades spanning from 1983 to 2014. The biggest name that was ever involved in a deal was a post-prime Maurice Cheeks, but that trade wasn’t too impressive.
It’s hard to find a deal where the 76ers clearly won one most of them where fair compensation or slightly in the Spurs favor. However, there was one trade that ended up bringing in half way decent compenstion for Philly in 2003.
The best trade ever between Philly and San Antonio was…
In the past, I’ve written about how Speedy Claxton was the wrong choice for the Sixers to select in the 2000 NBA Draft. Luckily for Philly, they quickly moved on from the point guard and recieved decent compensation for the journeyman during the 2002 NBA Draft .
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John Salmons, the 26th pick of the draft, was a key piece of this deal for the 76ers. Salmons was a young versatile wing who played for the Sixers for four seasons. While he was more productive in his other stops, he still ended up being a good rotation piece while in Philly.
In those four seasons, he averaged 5.1 points. That doesn’t seem like a lot but considering he was a young player on a contender, he averaged 18.4 minutes in 281 games for Philly. The other two players that came over with Salmons were more-or-less filler add-ons to the deal.
Veteran Big man Mark Bryant was at the end of his career so he didn’t provide too much for the 76ers as he traded to the Denver Nuggets after only playing 11 games for the Sixers. Randy Holcomb was 57th pick and traded again less than a month afterwards. He only ended up playing five NBA games for his career.
The Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs don’t have a sepectacular trade history, however, there is one trade where the Sixers came out on top.