The San Antonio Spurs won one of the biggest draft lotteries in NBA history and got the right to draft Victor Wembanyama. The French prodigy is a historic prospect and a future star. He shifted the team’s fortunes, and the Spurs are now all-in on building around Wemby. San Antonio will not be in contention this season, but they plan to get back quickly.
The Spurs slow played things this summer. They used their cap space to take on unwanted salaries in trades for draft pick compensation. San Antonio added to their stockpile and kept the pressure off Wembanyama in year one. The Spurs will likely add another lottery pick to their core next summer before attempting to push into contention.
This year will be all about developing Wemby. They want him to become a legend and must put him in positions to succeed. The Spurs wanted to add a big man (subscription required) to take some pressure off the teenager, but it has not happened yet.
San Antonio Spurs could still add a center to start next to Victor Wembanyama
The Spurs are positioned to make a move whenever the front office sees fit. Their roster is far from set, and San Antonio has multiple salaries and several draft picks they could piece together to acquire a star. The Spurs are looking to build around a young core and are in no rush to make a massive splash.
If they want a center, San Antonio has options. They could get aggressive and pry Jarrett Allen, Jonas Valanciunas, or Clint Capela away from their current situation. The Spurs are more inclined to wait and see how things play out. They could be the third team again and get a massive discount.
More players become eligible to be traded on Dec. 15 and Jan. 15. The San Antonio Spurs could wait out those dates before fully diving in. They want someone young that can help for multiple years. Naz Reid could be the perfect fit, and Bleacher Report provided two different deals that landed him in the Alamo.