Now that the San Antonio Spurs drew a firm line in the sand labeled "total rebuild" and crossed it, they'll need all the good fortune they can get to make sure it happens quickly.
The biggest piece the Silver and Black could add to help the process could very well be France's Victor Wembanyama or Scoot Henderson of the NBA G League Ignite. Even that much would take a significant stroke of luck though, as the Spurs could go 0-82 this season and still have a maximum 14% shot at claiming the number one draft spot.
As is always the case with becoming successful, the Spurs will need to combine skill with luck if they want to make sure these dark days don't last too long. As we start to see who can stand out as part of this team's future and develop into a star-level player, San Antonio could also use some other things to bounce their way.
Fortunately, some teams around the league could at least somewhat help the Spurs along the way.
1. The Indiana Pacers can help in the short-term by making moves
It might seem to most as though the San Antonio Spurs are the only team not making many moves this offseason (besides one major trade). But the fact is the Indiana Pacers are the one team that actually still has more cap space than the Spurs as it stands.
With $29.6 million to the Spurs' $26.9 million, the Pacers could play spoiler in transactions the Spurs are hoping to be a part of in the near future. We already know there are rumblings that San Antonio is gambling on a blockbuster trade happening at some point before or during the season. A trade involving salaries like that of Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant is likely to need a facilitating team to be involved.
The Pacers already used their cap space to do what many Spurs fans wanted to do and sign Deandre Ayton to an offer sheet. Even though Phoenix ended up matching that, the move goes to show Indiana isn't content with standing idle this summer.
As Spurs insider LJ Ellis recently reported, the belief is that the Pacers are "expected to continue adding talent to roster rather than simply using their cap space to facilitate trades." It could be crucial for the Spurs if Indiana takes themselves out of the facilitator race by making other moves soon, as it could allow the Spurs to raise their price as the only viable option in many cases.