Juancho Hernangomez excited about joining rebuilding Spurs

SAN ANTONIO – Juancho Hernangomez was in the dark for hours about being part of the three-team trade that sent him from Boston to the Spurs.

“It’s a crazy story,” the 6-foot-9 power forward said. “I was at dinner (Tuesday night) and I didn’t have my phone because somebody stole it after the Philly game (Jan. 14).”

It wasn’t until Hernangomez returned home at around 10:30 that he learned that ESPN broke the news about the trade earlier that night.

“My brother (New Orleans center Willy Hernangomez) had tried to reach me,” he said. “He was like, ‘Oh, good luck on your new team. It’s going to be awesome.’ I told him like, ‘What? Where am I going?’ He said San Antonio, and I was really happy. It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Speaking to the media at the Spurs practice facility after receiving a crash course on the club’s schemes at shootaround in preparation for Friday’s game against Brooklyn, Hernangomez said he feels comfortable joining a team that showed interest in him prior to the 2016 NBA Draft.

“I did a pre-draft workout with them,” the Spaniard said. “I came here (today) and everything was the same. I feel pretty good.”

Hernangomez also has a history with Spurs center Jakob Poeltl.

“I met him when we were like 16,” Hernangomez said. “I was playing for with (Estudiantes) Madrid, and he came to try out for our team. I said,…

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