Grade the trade: Spurs land ideal center to pair with Victor Wembanyama in proposal

San Antonio Spurs, Victor Wembanyama
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The San Antonio Spurs slow played the offseason after winning the draft lottery. They selected Victor Wembanyama and used their cap space to add more draft capital in trades. The Spurs are in no rush to build a contender around the most-hyped prospect since LeBron James. They want to give Wemby time to develop, but that has not stopped the Spurs from exploring the trade market.

San Antonio wants a center (subscription required) to play next to French prodigy early in his career. Wembanyama needs time to add muscle before playing the five full-time. The Spurs are willing to make a trade, but only if the right move is available.

Several centers are rumored to be on the trade block, but the Spurs won't overpay to acquire one. They have no plans on contending this season. That could change quickly, but San Antonio wants to see what they have first. Does that open the door for a future move?

Can the San Antonio Spurs trade for a center upgrade?

The Spurs have the assets to make any trade. With five additional first-round picks from other teams plus theirs, San Antonio can make a blockbuster offer for a star whenever they are ready. They have young talent and expendable contracts for whatever deal arises.

The Spurs are just waiting for the right opportunity. Their strategy has been jumping in as the third team in deals to add pieces. Another one of those moves could be on the horizon, and San Antonio will be ready. The Pelicans want to upgrade at the five, which could create the perfect opportunity.