4. Wembanyama sweetens every free agent pitch from the Spurs
The Spurs have always struggled to lure free agents to South Texas, and there's no getting around that. While San Antonio is a massive city, it doesn't have the same draw of "big markets" like Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. With the addition of Wembanyama, that should change.
What sounds better to a prospective free agent - playing for an up-and-coming franchise, or signing with an up-and-coming franchise that just added the most transformative teenager since LeBron James? That's a rhetorical question, but one that should have legitimate impacts on the Spurs' free agent prospects this summer.
I recently wrote about the 5 free agents that would fit perfectly alongside Wembanyama. The Spurs' pitch to these players just got a lot more compelling with the addition of Wembanyama.
It's not just this summer, either. The NBA is a star-driven league, and even with the impending implications that the new CBA will have on free agency, veteran players chasing titles will always give a healthier look toward teams with a legitimate chance at making a deep playoff run. With Wembanyama in hand, there is no reason why the Spurs shouldn't be able to lock themselves into that category.
Armed with north of $30 million in cap space, the San Antonio Spurs should be significant players on the free-agent market this summer. And with their new superstar in the making, they should have no issue offering quite a compelling pitch to prospective free agents.
After this summer, San Antonio will be significantly better positioned to pitch to veterans. This isn't an up-and-coming roster anymore, with the addition of Wembanyama, this is a team that can and should make real noise in the playoffs for the significant future.