5 Centers Spurs can still land to pair with Victor Wembanyama

San Antonio Spurs, Jarrett Allen
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2. Jarrett Allen

The Cavaliers need wing upgrades this offseason, so they added Max Strus and Georges Niang in free agency. Is that enough after a disappointing first-round playoff exit? Can Cleveland win with two small guards? Is Evan Mobley’s best position at the five because he cannot stretch the floor? If yes, what does that mean for Jarrett Allen?

Marc Stein reported that the 25-year-old former All-Star is on the trade block (subscription required). He is the team’s fourth option on offense but remains a strong rebounder and rim protection. Allen could play an expanded role with his new team in what could be a win for both sides.

The 25-year-old is owed $60 million over the next three seasons, which could limit the Spurs' interest. Allen would be fantastic in the Alamo City, and coach Pop could expand his playmaking chops, but they will want Victor Wembanyama to take over the center position before Allen becomes a free agent in 2026.

The Spurs should look at Allen as a short-term starter and future trade asset. If they can increase his scoring and playmaking ability, the 25-year-old will have plenty of value when Wemby is ready to become San Antonio’s starting center. The front office has been hesitant to make a big splash around the 19-year-old prodigy, but this could be the move to make.