The Spurs have made national headlines almost every day since winning the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. From landing the French phenom with the first overall pick of the 2023 NBA Draft and signing Devin Vassell to a massive contract extension, it feels like San Antonio is gearing up to take the next step in their rebuild.
The popularity of the league is growing at an exponential rate. Exorbitant television deals have helped salaries and payroll numbers skyrocket over the last few seasons, and there is no better proof of this than the Boston Celtics handing Jaylen Brown the most expensive contract in NBA history this summer worth over $300 million.
Gregg Popovich and the front office will want to compete for titles soon. And that means going against their norm and doling out the big bucks to ensure they have the talent to match anyone in the NBA. Are you curious about the most lucrative player contracts in franchise history? Well, look no further because we have you covered.
10.) LaMarcus Aldridge re-signing in 2019
LaMarcus Aldridge was a polarizing figure for Spurs Nation across his six years wearing the silver and black. Though he did not finish this contract in San Antonio, his second with the Spurs, he still provided value for the organization during and after the Kawhi Leonard dilemma.
A 6-foot-11 power forward with feathery touch on his midrange jumper, Aldridge averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game on 50.2% shooting from the field during his stint in San Antonio. He also made three of his seven All-Star Game appearances with the Spurs.
The former second-overall pick signed a two-year contract worth $50 million before the 2019 season. LaMarcus lost lateral mobility as this deal progressed, and his nightly numbers decreased each season. The Spurs would ultimately buy him out in 2020, allowing him to sign with Brooklyn.
9.) Manu Ginobili’s contract in 2004
Manu is a Spurs legend. People in the San Antonio area feel like they know him on a first-name basis, and he achieved celebrity status for helping the franchise win four championships. Ginobili is perhaps the most well-known second-round success story in league history, transforming himself from an unheralded prospect into a Hall of Famer.
The Argentinian swingman was an integral part of the core. San Antonio rewarded him with a six-year contract worth $52 million in 2004, making him the highest-paid player in franchise history. During that deal, Manu cemented his status as the best sixth man in the NBA, and carved out a special place in the hearts of Spurs fans everywhere.