2.) Tim Duncan’s 2003 Contract
Tim Duncan is hands down the best power forward of all time, and the Spurs made the correct selection when they took him with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. After winning championships in 1999 and 2003, he signed a seven-year contract worth $122 million, the most lucrative deal in franchise history.
After re-signing with San Antonio, Duncan was the centerpiece of three more titles. The Big Fundamental was a 15-time All-Star, All-NBA, and All-Defensive Team honoree. He also took home Rookie of the Year, two MVP Awards, and three Finals MVPs on the way to becoming a Hall of Famer.
In the understatement of the century, this contract worked out well for the Spurs.
1.) Devin Vassell’s contract extension
This deal might have surprised some people. It is strange to think Devin Vassell has the most expensive contract in franchise history. San Antonio selected the former Florida State standout in the lottery in 2020, and they signed him to a five-year extension worth $146 this summer.
The 6-foot-5 swingman has drastically improved over his first three years in the NBA, scoring a career-high 18.5 points per game before nagging knee pain derailed his breakout season. As his shot attempts and role in the offense have increased, Vassell has become a more efficient scorer from all across the court.
The Spurs believe in Vassell, and his potential could come to fruition sooner than later. With his average salary dipping when Wembanyama becomes extension eligible, it is clear the front office was thinking ahead when they backed up the Brinks truck for Vassell.
The future is bright in San Antonio, and their young roster has the core pieces to win championships and celebrate with a long overdue parade down the riverwalk.