Player News - Spurs

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Jakob Poeltl said he’s trying to develop more offensively and defensively in hopes to increase his potential role.

Poeltl was acquired by the Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard deal and lands in an intriguing spot for fantasy value. Sure the Spurs could go small at times with LaMarcus Aldridge at the five, but the only true center standing in Poeltl's way is the 38-year-old Pau Gasol. Poeltl had the 6th highest block percentage (5.2%), the 6th best offensive rebounding percentage (12.4%) and ranked 10th in the NBA in Defensive Box Plus/Minus last season while shooting 65.9% from the field.
Aug 16 - 1:48 PM

Former Spurs two-way player Darrun Hilliard has signed a contract with Spanish club Baskonia.

Darrun Hilliard has signed a deal with Baskonia. In his final season with the Spurs, Hilliard averaged 1.1 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.0 blocks, 0.1 steals, and shot 26.3% from the field. The guard's deal is for one year.
Aug 13 - 12:14 PM

Spurs guard Derrick White knows that he'll be in line for a bigger role next season, and he's eager to take on the challenge.

"It's nice to know that [the Spurs] have faith in me, that they are confident in me," White said Wednesday. In addition to Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who were traded to Toronto, the Spurs bid farewell to Tony Parker and Kyle Anderson in free agency. While a productive run in Summer League was cut short due to a strained right hamstring, White did not give any indication that the injury is still a concern. The development of White and Dejounte Murray, who moved into the starting lineup last season, will be key for a Spurs team that will be led on the perimeter by new addition DeMar DeRozan.
Aug 8 - 9:27 PM

Lonnie Walker IV (sprained ankle) says that he's "fully healed" after being forced to sit out the Spurs' Summer League finale last month.

Walker was selected by the Spurs with the 18th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and in Las Vegas he averaged 11.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in four appearances. Walker, who averaged 11.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in his lone season at Miami, won't lack for opportunities to earn minutes during his rookie season. In addition to losing Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green via a trade with Toronto that netted the team All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs will also have to account for the departure of Kyle Anderson as he agreed to a deal with the Grizzlies.
Aug 8 - 8:18 PM

The Spurs have waived Brandon Paul.

He played in 64 games last season, but only got 9.0 minutes per game and averaged 2.3 points. Paul could still be signed by another team or get a two-way contract before the offseason is over.
Jul 31 - 4:16 PM

DeMar DeRozan has withdrawn from playing in the Basketball without Border and NBA Africa games, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

He says that he will use the time to get his affairs in order following the trade. Haynes did a sit-down interview with DeRozan following the trade and seems to have DeMar's trust so he is knowledgeable on the situation. We'll still see DeRozan at USA mini-camp and get our first look of him with Pop, but this is a life-changing trade for him so it looks like he just needs to take some time off.
Jul 25 - 4:34 PM

DeMar DeRozan said he's looking forward to playing for Gregg Popovich.

"I've always been a fan of Pop," said DeRozan. "There was just something about him from the way he ran his team, the way he coached, his credibility... So to have this opportunity to play with a legendary coach at this point in my career, I think it's one of those blessings that's in disguise because this is a cool moment to be with a guy like that." DeRozan also said he'll be playing with a massive chip on his shoulder, and he could be looking at heavy minutes in San Antonio with little depth behind him.
Jul 25 - 12:27 PM

DeMar DeRozan will attend Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

The US National team is coach by Gregg Popovich, so this will be DeRozan's first experience working for Pop. It will be interesting to see how Popovich plans to utilize DeRozan in San Antonio, although we won't get much of an indication via Team USA practices.
Jul 24 - 1:14 PM

The Spurs are still undecided on keeping Brandon Paul for next season, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express News.

The Spurs have until Aug. 1 to guarantee his deal worth $1.3 million. With the loss of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, Paul could find himself competing for minutes off the bench.
Jul 18 - 6:29 PM

DeMar DeRozan has been traded to the Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

DeRozan was working with a 29.2 usage rate with the Raptors this past season, but with fewer mouths to feed in San Antonio, he should be able to regularly see that number in the 30s with the Spurs. Additionally, with the Spurs sending away both Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard in this trade, they don't currently have much depth at all on the wings, so DeRozan could be looking at big minutes during his first stint in San Antonio.
Jul 18 - 9:47 AM

Jakob Poeltl has been traded to the Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard deal.

With Pau Gasol entering his age-38 season and likely to again see a reduction in minutes this upcoming season, Poeltl could very realistically be looking at around 20 minutes a night with the Spurs, which would be enough floor time for him to carve out some value as a deep league, shot blocking specialist. We'll be watching the third-year center closely at training camp in San Antonio.
Jul 18 - 9:37 AM

Dante Cunningham has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Spurs.

Cunningham will help back up the forward spots in San Antonio, but he's not the kind of player you'll want to target in fantasy hoops.
Jul 16 - 3:12 PM

Nikola Milutinov will stay overseas with Olympiacos for another season.

The 26th pick in the 2015 draft does have a buyout clause in his contract, but it expires on July 20. Barring a surprise, the earliest we will see Milutinov in the states will be the Summer of 2019. The big man is progressing nicely in Europe, averaging 8.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.8 blocks in 20.5 minutes.
Jul 16 - 9:22 AM

Chimezie Metu fractured his left wrist during action at the Las Vegas Summer League.

That means he should be out anywhere from 4-8 weeks depending on the severity. It was a little odd that Metu had a huge cast on his wrist earlier this week, but the team called it a sprained wrist. He was an adept rim protect and showed he could be a roll man in PNR. He's not NBA-ready yet.
Jul 14 - 6:02 PM

New head coach Nick Nurse plans to demand more defensively from DeMar DeRozan.

Nurse said that DeRozan is on board with the plan to improve on the other end of the floor. "We sat down, he’s on the edge of his seat saying, ‘What do you got for me,’" said Nurse. "I was like, "Well’ … and I start in and he finishes my sentence: ‘I know, I’m better than that, I want to work at it.'" Nurse added: "He’s totally down, he’s got the ability physically, he knows what he’s doing. We’ve got to make a plan and a long-term plan and stick with it a little bit."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 14 - 12:06 PM


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