What are Victor Wembanyama's contract details with San Antonio Spurs? Salary, duration and more 

2023 NBA Draft
Victor Wembanyama was drafted first overall by the San Antonio Spurs.

The San Antonio Spurs drafted Victor Wembanyama with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA draft.

Wembanyama is the Spurs' third first overall pick in franchise history following David Robinson in 1987 and Tim Duncan in 1997. He's expected to have a huge financial impact in San Antonio, but how much will he earn in his first NBA contract?

According to Forbes, Wembanyama will have the highest rookie contract in NBA history. He's set to earn roughly $55.2 million in the first four years, with a salary of $12.2 million in his rookie season. His salary will increase incrementally, but only the first two years are fully guaranteed.

The Spurs will have a team option in Year 3 and Year 4 of Wembanyama's contract. They're likely to exercise that option as long as his young career pans out as expected.

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His unique combination of size, skills, shooting and defense made him the most hyped prospect since LeBron James in 2003.

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Victor Wembanyama's contract, as well as all of the rookies drafted in the first round, is based on the NBA's salary cap for next season, which is estimated to be around $134 million. Teams also have the option to exceed a monetary limit of up to 20.0%.

In comparison to the last two first overall picks, Paolo Banchero and Cade Cunningham, Wembanyama now has the record for the biggest rookie contract signed in NBA history. Banchero's deal was worth $50.2 million, while Cunningham agreed a $45.6 million contract.

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How much will Brandon Miller and Scoot Henderson earn compared to Victor Wembanyama?

Brandon Miller was drafted second after Victor Wembanyama (in pic).
Brandon Miller was drafted second after Victor Wembanyama (in pic).

The Charlotte Hornets drafted Brandon Miller with the second overall pick, while Scoot Henderson fell to the Portland Trail Blazers at No. 3. Draft experts have Henderson listed as the better prospect than Miller, but the Hornets went with fit rather than talent.

Miller fits perfectly in Charlotte, with LaMelo Ball at point guard. Henderson and Ball, who are both point guards, might have not co-existed, and the Hornets would have made the tough decision to part ways with one later. Miller is an athletic scoring forward who would benefit from Ball's playmaking and passing.

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So, how much would Miller and Henderson earn in their first four years in the league in comparison to Victor Wembanyama? Miller is set to sign a four-year, $49.4 million with the Hornets, while Henderson's deal in Portland is roughly worth around $44.4 million.

San Antonio Spurs' struggles could be solved by Victor Wembanyama

The San Antonio Spurs have been trophyless since 2014, when they completed a gentleman's sweep of Miami Heat. Led by enigmatic coach Gregg Popovich, they have been mostly inconsistent, struggling to make the deeper stages of playoff basketball.

However, with the arrival of the prodigious Victor Wembanyama, Spurs' fortunes could take a turn for the good. Tim Duncan is someone who elevated them to new heights courtesy of his towering figure, and the Frenchman could follow in footsteps of the legendary power forward.

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How are the San Antonio Spurs doing in the 2023-24 NBA season

Spurs Nuggets Basketball (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Spurs Nuggets Basketball (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The first month into the 2023-24 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs are on a 12-game losing streak, despite the impressive numbers being put up by their French rookie, Victor Wembenyama. Currently at the bottom of the Western Conference with a piss-poor record of 3-14, the Spurs were expected to be much better than this.

The Spurs, lack crucial pieces and the experience to win games, which comes from playing more NBA minutes. For now, Coach Pop is most likely feeling things out with their newfound talent and building a roster plan for future seasons.

The future is bright for the Spurs, and once all the pieces are in place, they will take over the league by storm.

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