5 Free Agent targets that would fit perfectly with Wembanyama on the Spurs
By Ethan Farina
5. Sandro Mamukelashvili
Whether it's in support of Wembanyama or not, the San Antonio Spurs should prioritize re-signing Sandro Mamukelashvili this summer. Mamu wasn't in San Antonio for long - he played just 19 games for the Spurs down the stretch - but during his time in Texas, he showed enough flashes to merit being brought back.
A smooth-moving, 6'11" big man with a solid three-point touch and a creative eye for passing is the kind of player that any team would love to have. Starting his career with the playoff-contending Milwaukee Bucks didn't do Mamu any favors as he had a hard time finding his spot in the rotation. But he showed real promise in San Antonio once he got a chance to play.
What's most exciting about the possibility of pairing Mamu and Wemby together is what it could unlock for San Antonio on the offensive side of the ball. Both can shoot the ball and are willing and creative passers. They can dually operate as the hub of the offense from the high post and you can look down the road and see them giving opponents fits if they can nail down pick-and-roll actions with each other. Defending a pick and roll between a 6'11" Mamu with a 7'4" Wembanyama rolling to the rim as a lob threat is something I'd love to see teams try to counter.
Wembanyama can also cover for Mamu's weaknesses on the defensive end of the floor. Mamu tries, you've got to give him credit for that, but he's still not an intimidating defender. He can step out and provide passable perimeter defense but he doesn't protect the rim at a high rate and can get muscled around in the post That's something he needs to work on, but it's a lot less of an issue when the shot-erasing Wembanyama is there to cover for him.
Whether the Spurs end up drafting Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson, Amen Thompson, or some other high-end prospect, bringing Mamu back should be one of their priorities this summer. But his potential pairing with Wemby is unquestionably exciting.