4 San Antonio Spurs who increased their trade value this season

These Spurs improved their trade value if the front office decides to get aggressive in building around Victor Wembanyama.
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The San Antonio Spurs have a bright future. Victor Wembanyama more than lived up to his immense hype. The 7’4 big man may be the best player in the NBA in two years, but the Spurs need more talent around him. Wemby wants to win, and the Spurs managed just 22 victories this season. Changes must be made.

San Antonio has all of their first-round draft picks plus five from other teams. They could make a monster offer for any player who becomes available. The Spurs must get the fit right, but the franchise could quickly be back in contention with the right moves.

There will be trades this summer. They are not parting with Wembanyama, Jeremy Sochan, or Devin Vassell, but the rest of their roster could be on the block. These Spurs played well enough to improve their trade value and could be on the move as the front office builds around their French prodigy.

4. Julian Champagnie

Champagnie went undrafted out of St. John’s in 2022 and got his first shot on a two-way contract with the 76ers. They waived him in February 2023, and the Spurs were quick to claim the 6’8 wing. He played 20.9 minutes per game over 15 contests last season where he shot north of 40 percent from 3-point range. It earned him a four-year $12 million contract to stay in San Antonio, but there was still plenty to prove.

The 22-year-old appeared in 74 contests this season where he averaged 6.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 19.8 minutes per game. Champagnie’s minutes increased to over 28 each night in his final 19 games where his production took a significant step forward. Finding a 6’8 wing who is a plus shooter and makes just $3 million per season is virtually impossible.

Several teams would love to have Julian Champagnie on their bench. The San Antonio Spurs could use him as a sweetener in a trade or continue his development next season. He still has room to grow and should remain part of their wing rotation if he stays in the Alamo.