5 Reasons the Spurs will be title contenders sooner than you might think

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3. Cap Space

Though the free agent frenzy this Summer has left the Spurs without much financial wiggle room for the time being, they are one of the few teams with plenty of salary cap space in the coming seasons. This should work in their favor as Popovich and company learn how they should build around Wemby.

That combination of cap space and a generational centerpiece sets them up for a bright future. We talked about how superstars and role players will want to play with Wembanyama, but that wouldn't matter much if San Antonio has no money to work with.

The Spurs have already shown they know how to do things the right way, and that should eventually lead to a blockbuster acquisition to make them a winning team. It may not come in free agency this year, but the front office has the assets and flexibility to pounce on the first opportunity that makes the most sense without jeopardizing their long-term future.

Having enough cap space to pursue a superstar is exciting, but when you cheer for a small-market team, those daydreams rarely become a reality. The arrival of Wembanyama could chance that for the Spurs and catapult them into contention.

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