3. Wizards capitalize as Spurs fill a need
San Antonio has their star of the present and future in Victor Wembanyama, but they are stuck at the bottom of the standings. The Spurs planned on building slowly around their teenage prodigy, but their need for a point guard is apparent.
They have his brother Tre Jones, but it is clear Gregg Popovich views him as a backup point guard. San Antonio has more draft picks than they can make over the next seven years. They could trade some of it for Tyus Jones if they believe he can be their starting point guard moving forward.
McDermott is on an expiring contract, and the Bulls' first-rounder in 2025 is top-ten protected. It is only top-eight protected in 2026 and 2027 before becoming a 2028 second-rounder if not conveyed. This would be a gamble that Chicago avoids a total rebuild and finishes in the late lottery from 2025 to 2027.
The Wizards would love a second lottery selection, but there would be zero guarantees. This trade has upside but forces Washington to bet on the Bulls. Michael Winger and the front office may decide to pursue more draft capital by finding a desperate team. The Miami Heat need a point guard and are always willing to make a splash.