(Las Vegas) The French prodigy Victor Wembanyama, first choice of the NBA draft last month, will not play, as expected, the rest of the Summer League with San Antonio, several American media indicated on Monday.
According to the San Antonio Express-News and ESPN, the Spurs have decided to stick to their initial plan to spare the 19-year-old (2.24m), author of a long season with his former club Boulogne- Levallois
After a timid first game against Charlotte on Friday and a brilliant second against Portland (27 points, 12 rebounds) on Sunday, the 19-year-old pivot will not be aligned for the rest of this summer tournament, which notably allows NBA franchises to launch their new recruits.
Wembanyama himself had admitted last week that he did not expect to play more than twice in this Summer League. He had said on Sunday that he was looking forward to taking a vacation and preparing as well as possible for the start of the NBA regular season in October. “Wemby” skipped Mondial-2023 (August 25-September 10) with the France team to focus on his first season with Spurs.
Wembanyama’s arrival has sparked excitement in the United States, where his potential is considered one of the highest in NBA history.