It’s officially the dawn of a new era for the San Antonio Spurs.
As shown in a video shared by the team’s Twitter account, No. 1 pick Victor Wembanyama has signed his rookie contract with the organization.
The 19-year-old signed a four-year, $55.1 million contract with Spurs, including $24.9 million guaranteed.
Signed. Sealed. Delivered✍️
The Spurs have officially signed 2023 #1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama!
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 1, 2023
That’s an average of $12.35 million per year.
Of course, that could be the ultimate bargain down the line.
If Wembanyama turns out to be even half as good as the Spurs — and most scouts — expect him to be, he’ll be a no-brainer for a supermax contract extension once his time comes.
The Spurs organization has found great success developing generational big men, with David Robinson and Tim Duncan as two of the greatest players in franchise history.
They expect Wembanyama to carry on with that tradition, and while the expectations and responsibilities on his shoulders might be overwhelming for the average young man, he’s been quite mature throughout the whole process.
Wembanyama has also decided to skip the upcoming FIBA World Cup, which is a major blow for the French team, obviously, but he’ll take part in the upcoming NBA Summer League, so Spurs fans might get a glimpse of their new franchise cornerstone.
Even so, it’ll be interesting to see how many minutes he’s on the court after such a long season in France, as the Spurs have historically been quite cautious when it comes to their stars and their workloads, and there will always be injury concerns with a player his size.