Pat McAfee Suggested a Spurs Trade Target That Made Brian Windhorst Perk Up

San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama celebrates with his teammates.
San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama celebrates with his teammates. / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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As more NBA teams begin to shift their focus toward the offseason, the potential for some new superstar team-ups could be on the horizon. ESPN's Brian Windhorst suspects that the San Antonio Spurs could be a potential landing spot for a veteran player looking for a new situation.

During a Monday appearance on "The Pat McAfee Show," Windhorst inserted his thoughts on the upcoming offseason and predicted that Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama could potentially lure some star talent to San Antonio ahead of his sophomore season in the league.

The idea had McAfee excited, as he was eager to fire off some names he could potentially see making such a move.

"Somebody, some star player–I predict, is going to look at what's going on in San Antonio and say 'I want to be there. Go put me next to that guy,'" said Windhorst. "My guess is it's going to be a guy who is maybe in the middle of his career, who realizes he can't win it all by himself. That situation in San Antonio is too exciting to not have somebody want to go play with that guy."

When McAfee floated the possibility of Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young potentially joining the Spurs, Windhorst smirked and said "that's an interesting name," after turning down the idea of a few others.

Wembanyama is coming off an impressive rookie campaign in which he averaged 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and a league-leading 3.6 blocks per game. With the Spurs destined for a lottery pick, the rebuild in San Antonio may not be a long one, and adding a star player in free agency could certainly expedite that process further.

Windhorst thinks there will be interest in the offseason, suggesting that a tandem consisting of Wembanyama and an already-established talent could be made a reality within the next few months.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.