The San Antonio Spurs are preparing for a historic draft night where they will select Victor Wembanyama first overall. San Antonio will have their centerpiece for the next decade, but how quickly can they build a contender around him? They are rumored to be searching for a second first-round pick and to add veterans to round out their roster. Will that be enough to make the playoffs in year one with Wemby?
The Spurs need a point guard, and fans heard the rumblings of San Antonio targeting Chris Paul and Fred VanVleet. CP3 was just traded to Washington and is expected to receive a buyout if the Wizards cannot find a trade. FVV is one of the best free agents on the market, but he wants $30-plus million per season in his new deal.
Is San Antonio targeting either player after drafting Victor Wembanyama? LJ Ellis of SpursTalk shared the latest rumors on Wednesday.
San Antonio Spurs source sets record straight on the potential pursuit of Chris Paul and Fred VanVleet
According to Ellis’ source, the Spurs are not interested in either player. San Antonio is going to take their time and do things right. Here is a quote from the Spurs source via SpurTalk.
"The plan is to avoid big, costly mistakes, and to slowly build this thing out. See what you have first, see what you need, see what can be grown organically, and go from there."
Fans should not be surprised. San Antonio just saw the Mavericks make that mistake when building around Luka Doncic. Going all-in at the first chance never works out, and can force a young talent to switch teams.
Look how long it took the Denver Nuggets to build a title team around Nikola Jokic or the Bucks around Giannis. Stephen Curry did not win a championship until his sixth season. LeBron was in year nine, and Michael Jordan was in his seventh season before he got a ring. It takes time and failure for even the all-time greats to get a ring.
Tim Duncan winning one in year two is one of the rare exceptions, and it was because the Spurs were already a contender before he arrived.
Fans should expect the San Antonio Spurs to add some veterans on the cheap this summer as they look to put more talent around Victor Wembanyama. The franchise also hopes that Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, and the rest of their young core takes another step forward as they push for the Play-In Tournament in 2024.
How good will the Spurs be in year one of Wemby? Stay tuned to find out.