Predicting the Spurs perfect starting lineup after a home run offseason

The San Antonio Spurs have the tools needed to speed up their rebuild, so what would their starting lineup look like if everything went right this summer?
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Shooting Guard: Devin Vassell

With speculation that the Spurs may pursue a star this summer to pair with Wembanyama, Devin Vassell has sort of gotten lost in the discussion about the team's future. Vassell showed off elite shotmaking this season, and while he doesn't project to be the second-best player on a good team, he would be perfect as a third option who can get hot in a hurry.

Having less pressure to help carry the offense would allow him to put forth more effort on the other end of the floor, where his impact has slipped as his scoring has improved. Assuming that he does slide into more of a supporting role, his being a high-volume 3-point shooter who can also create and nail-tough pull-up jumpers while being able to defend would be extremely valuable.

Especially since he has five years remaining on his contract after signing an extension prior to the season. His play during 2023–24, averaging a career-high 19.5 points, suggests that it could be a value deal going forward, and as the Spurs payroll gets more expensive, the more they will need Vassell to outperform that contract. That is entirely possible, particularly as Wembanyama comes into his own and if the Spurs pair him and Vassell with an upgrade at point guard.