1. Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas was linked to the Spurs by Jake Fischer on June 27, and this could be the ideal fit for San Antonio. The 6’11 big man is firmly on the trade block and entering the final year of his contract. If New Orleans decides to dump him, the Spurs could swoop in and have their starting center for next season.
Valanciunas is a strong complement to the Spurs' rookie. Wembanyama is an outstanding shot-blocker and rim protector where JV excels on the glass. The teenager could be used as the rim deterrent as Valanciunas battles on the board and defends players like Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid. On the other end, Wemby can serve as the roll man and have additional freedom in the paint as JV is a career 35.7 percent 3-point shooter on low volume.
It would likely take a three-team trade to make this happen because the New Orleans Pelicans want to contend next season. That means keeping Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram healthy, which has been problematic in the Big Easy.
Will the San Antonio Spurs find a starting center to play next to Victor Wembanyama as a rookie? They have the means and desire, so stay tuned to see how it all plays out.