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6/27/02

Spurs Make Picks, Trade for Claxton

The San Antonio Spurs waited for the first two hours of the NBA Draft and failed to get the big guy they coveted. After spending so much time waiting last night, the Spurs decided on a speedier option. San Antonio traded the rights to the 26th and 57th picks in the draft to Philadelphia for Speedy Claxton.

With those picks, the Spurs drafted Miami guard John Salmons at the 26th spot, then took San Diego State forward Randy Holcomb at #57. They later traded those players along with veteran reserve forward Mark Bryant to the 76ers. Claxton will replace Terry Porter, a free agent who is considering retirement, as Tony Parker's backup. That's what the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The Spurs were waiting for 6' 11" Yugoslavian center Nenad Krstic to fall to them at the 26th pick, but the New Jersey Nets swiped him at #24. A league source told the Express-News that the Spurs have already contacted the Nets about potentially trading for the 18 year-old prospect.

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