3 French players the Spurs should pursue to make Wembanyama feel at home

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Bonus: Vincent Collet

This one is a little off the wall, but hear me out. For those of you who don’t know Vincent Collet- I was one of them before researching for this article- he is head coach of Metropolitans 92 and the French National Team. Wembanyama has an established rapport with Collet, and he will likely make an impact for France in short manner despite opting out of the FIBA World Cup this summer.

Collet has over 40 years of experience both playing and coaching in France. With all the interest the Silver and Black showed in Victor during the pre-draft process, his former head coach might already have a relationship with the organization. He’s clearly a valuable basketball mind, and he also speaks English well, which will help him mesh with the non-French players on the team.

No one is saying Collet should replace Pop. That's his job for as long as he wants, and his track record speaks for itself. But we know the Spurs are open to having foreign assistants on their coaching staff, so why not make this move? It would certainly make Wembanyama more comfortable.

There are potential issues of course. Does Collet even have interest in coming stateside for a lesser role and a pay cut? Perhaps not, though it is certainly worth it for the Spurs to give it a shot.

Depending on who the Spurs acquire, they could have Wembanyama feeling at home while fielding a competitive roster that could challenge for a playoff appearance. By utilizing a bit of the draft capital they have accumulated over the last couple of years, San Antonio can benefit not only Wembanyama, but themselves. Sounds like a win-win!

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