Victor Wembanyama Rumors
Victor Wembanyama, projected as a possible No.1 in the 2023 NBA Draft, has decided to make use of the exit clause in his contract with LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and leave the French champs. According to L’Equipe, the exit clause in the player’s contract with the club expires on June 26, while the 18-year-old big man had another year left in his deal. ASVEL, who celebrated their 21st LNB title last Saturday, had been trying to lure the 2.19 m player into staying for another year.
However, it looks like Paris Basketball, who had already made a presentation of their project to Wembanyama when they were still playing in Pro B, have positioned themselves among the strongest candidates for the young prospect. According to L’Equipe, Wembanyama might choose Paris for their coach (Jean-Christophe Prat) and for the club’s excellence in the areas of image and marketing.
Projected no. 1 of the 2023 NBA Draft Victor Wembanyama could be on the move, according to L’Equipe’s Yahn Ohnona. According to a report, the 18-year-old forward is considering opting-out of his contract with LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and completing a move as a free agent to Paris Basketball. Wembanyama’s exit clause is valid until June 26.
Were he eligible, Wembanyama would be the No. 1 pick in the 2022 draft, and it’s not a stretch to posit that he would likely have rated as the top prospect in any draft in the past decade, dating back to the Anthony Davis draft in 2012. While most front offices know they likely won’t be bad enough to select Wembanyama, everyone knows he’s on the horizon. In conversations with NBA personnel at the combine earlier this month, the optics of the upcoming Wembanyama draft became a fascinating topic. Players his size tend to come with injury risk, but it’s hard for league execs to otherwise envision scenarios in which he doesn’t go No. 1. For teams presently mired in the rebuilding process, this information begs the question: does it makes sense to try and orchestrate a step forward next season at all, when remaining near the bottom of the standings ensures a legitimate chance at selecting Wembanyama?
The pending arrival of 7-foot-3 French teenager Wembanyama—who is more than a year away from being drafted, but has gathered as much steam in the NBA community as any prospect since LeBron James—almost guarantees that the draft discourse for 2023 will differ starkly from what we’re currently wrestling with. Right now, there’s variance of opinion, but the discussion surrounds three or four top prospects with reasonable cases at No. 1 (I feel strongly about Jabari Smith being the guy, but can understand other arguments). Barring injury or any unexpected plot twists, Wembanyama will begin his draft cycle billed as a true consensus No. 1 prospect, and will presumably hold that spot until draft night.