The San Antonio Spurs are probably still popping celebratory champagne after winning the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes and earning the right to make the generational prospect the face of their franchise. Though the French phenom has the transformative potential to change the landscape of the league once he reaches his prime, he will need some help adapting to the physicality of the NBA once he lands in Alamo City.
Wembanyama expressed a desire not to suit up at the center position in a player profile from February, and with him standing 7-foot-5 and weighing in at around 230 pounds, he doesn't have the frame to battle on the block with traditional frontcourt bruisers. Thankfully for the skinny teenager, the Spurs want to sign a veteran four and five in free agency this summer, per a recent report from Sam Amico of Hoops Wire.
San Antonio could generate up to $43 million in cap space this offseason, which gives them plenty of financial wiggle room to chase after a handful of marquee names. Though San Antonio is reportedly interested in adding experienced centers and forwards around Wembanyama, their front office should be in no rush to accelerate the rebuild by going on an unnecessary spending spree before they evaluate their roster.
Zach Collins showed promise as a full-time starter after the All-Star Break last season, Charles Bassey earned a four-year contract from San Antonio for his excellent production off the bench, and Sandro Mamukelashvili put himself on the map with a unique combination of three-point shooting and passing chops. None of these players are necessarily a long-term solution next to Wembanyama, but they all deserve a chance.
Perhaps the Silver and Black are merely searching for some much-needed veteran mentorship for Wembanyama as he adjusts to the near-daily grind of an 82-game schedule. Whatever the case, Spurs fans can rest easier at night knowing the organization is doing its due diligence in preparation for the arrival of a once-in-a-lifetime talent that could bring them back to the forefront of perennial championship contention.