The San Antonio Spurs won the draft lottery and selected Victor Wembanyama with the number one overall pick. The 7’4 big man is the most-hyped prospect since LeBron James, but how will the franchise build their roster around him. Things have been quiet at the start. The Spurs had cap space but focused on re-signing talent and trading for Cedi Osman.
San Antonio is in no rush. They want to see what they have and what the roster needs before making moves. The Spurs know Wemby is special, but even the best players rarely impact winning as a rookie. The 19-year-old needs time to get acclimated to the NBA, and his new team will give him plenty of it.
The free agency frenzy happened, despite the Spurs remaining patient. There was over $1 billion spent in the first hour as players found their homes for next season and beyond. Teams were eager to fill out their rosters, but how did all the movement impact San Antonio?
Free agent signings that will hurt San Antonio Spurs’ rivals:
3. Rockets overpay for Brooks
Fans knew the Rockets were going to be aggressive. They had cap space, a new coach, and a mandate from ownership to exit their rebuild. Houston did not disappoint as they landed two marquee free agents, but they had to overpay for both of them.
The Rockets handed out a four-year $80 million contract to Dillon Brooks, which came as a surprise. The 6’7 wing spent his first six seasons in Memphis, but the Grizzlies decided against his return after his playoff struggles. Brooks antagonized LeBron James and could not find his jumper as Memphis crashed out in the opening round. It was clear that Brooks wanted a larger offensive role, but was often more headache than help during his final season with the Grizzlies.
The Rockets are a young team that is looking to reset their culture under new head coach Ime Udoka. Do they want to be known as a brash trash-talking bunch without the bite to back it up? That has been Brooks throughout his career, and he will be firing unwanted jumpers and antagonizing the opposition in Houston. Expect Dillon Brooks to do more harm than good for the Rockets.