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Raptors get Jakob Poeltl in trade from Spurs

Center Jakob Poeltl is back with Toronto, the team he began his NBA career with and played for from 2016-18.

SAN ANTONIO, TX – JANUARY 30: Jakob Poeltl #25 of the San Antonio Spurs warms up before the game against the Washington Wizards on January 30, 2023 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photos by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nearly five years after he was dealt to San Antonio in the Kawhi Leonard trade, Jakob Poeltl is heading back to Toronto. In the deal, the Spurs receive Khem Birch, a 2024 first-round Draft pick and second-round picks in 2023 and 2025.

Raptors receive:

  • Jakob Poeltl

Spurs receive:

  • Khem Birch
  • 2024 first-round pick
  • 2023 second-round pick
  • 2025 second-round pick

Poeltl was acquired by the Spurs in a trade with the Raptors on June 18, 2018 and he appeared in 326 games with the team, averaging 8.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.4 bpg in 22.9 mpg. In the last two seasons, Poeltl started all but one of his 114 games and owns the Spurs’ franchise record for single-season field-goal percentage after shooting 64.5% in 2018-19.

Birch spent the last 2 1/2 seasons with Toronto and is averaging 2.2 ppg and 1.3 rpg this season in a limited role (8.1 mpg).