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Now that the Spurs know they will be able to draft Victor Wembanyama, the No. 1 mission will be to properly surround the pivot for next season. As such, the Texan leaders already have a few targets in mind and are particularly concerned about the Lakers workforce.
The summer of 2023 promises to be pivotal for the San Antonio franchise. On the one hand, it finally has a major player around which to build since having inherited the first pick of the draft, it will be able to select Victor Wembanyama. On the other hand, we will have to do some shopping so that the pivot is not alone to pull his team up from his first games in the big league. A lot of work ahead, then.
On vacation since April, the Spurs have had a lot of time since to prepare for this offseason. The proof, they would already have a few targets in mind, one of them being at the end of the contract at the Lakers. If Austin Reaves is very popular with the Pourpres et Ors and the 2020 champion wants to extend it, beware of SA who could steal the sophomore from him according to Johan Buva, who spoke to HoopsHype :
Spurs ready to steal Austin Reaves from the Lakers this summer?
Report: Spurs could be dark-horse team that will try to poach Austin Reaves from Lakers https://t.co/rCumCi5fir
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) June 1, 2023
Obviously their preference would be for a four-year, $54 million deal. I heard there would be several suitors talking to people in the league. You mentioned Orlando and Houston. I heard that San Antonio might be a shadow team trying to poach Austin from the Lakers.
Author of a good progression this year to the point of establishing himself as a starter in LA, the former non-drafted player is a tough player, capable of defending as well as planting at three points. 2022-23 even saw him make a few big shots in the money time when his franchise needed it. The kind of profile that appeals to Spurs supporters and they would welcome an AR15 arrival in Texas:
Him and Wemby pick n roll would be elite
— Marathon Pace 🏁 (@marathonpace67) June 1, 2023
A pick and roll between him and Wemby would be awesome
As we know, the Lakers intend to do everything to keep Austin Reaves, even if it means opening the wallet wide. So be careful not to raise the stakes too much on the San Antonio side, but adding the guard to the workforce would already be a nice summer operation on the part of the franchise.