So today the Sonics traded Kurt Thomas to the Spurs for Brent Barry, Francisco Elson, and a 1st round pick. They acquired Kurt Thomas from the Phoenix Suns less than a year ago, and recieved as part of the deal 2 more first round picks, courtesy of Suns.
So basically, 7 months of Kurt Thomas got the Sonics 3 first round picks. Now that’s value.
From San Antonio’s perspective, adding a good defensive big man (plus an expiring contract) is a good idea considering the way the West’s contenders have been stockpiling big man talent.