4: The Spurs have more incentive to lock up their young core
With Wembanyama in the bag, the Spurs should shift their focus to their core players who are up for new contracts this summer. Devin Vassell will soon be extension eligible, and the Spurs should lock him down for as long as possible. Thanks to the new CBA, San Antonio can offer him a five-year contract, giving them a perfect opportunity to keep him in Silver and Black as they build something special.
They could sign Vassell to an extension worth around $110 million. With the league's TV contract expiring after next season and the salary cap soon set to jump by leaps and bounds, that sticker shock will quickly wear off, and Vassell and Keldon Johnson could have some of the best bargain contracts in the NBA. That would be in addition to Wembanyama playing on a rookie deal worth $45.2 million over his first four seasons.
Having a cheap and talented young core locked in for the long haul is a rarity in the NBA and something the Spurs can't pass up. They will also have the chance to bring back Tre Jones as their starter on an affordable multi-year deal and eventually move him to backup point guard, a role he is better suited for. San Antonio should commit to their core pieces now rather than risk spending more money down the road.