Player News - Spurs

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Manu Ginobili will not play for Argentina during the FIBA Americas tournament this summer.

Argentina is vying for a spot in the 2016 Olympics but they'll have to get there without Ginobili's help, as the 38-year-old took a pass on a summer of international competition. It's good news for the Spurs, who still rely on Manu for second-unit playmaking and scoring. Manu's fantasy value has deteriorated for obvious reasons -- he hasn't played more than 23 minutes per game since 2010-11, and he's averaged 19 DNPs over the past four seasons.
Aug 23 - 7:07 PM

Kawhi Leonard stated during a recent interview that he would like to be named an All-Star and regular-season MVP.

"I want to to be an [NBA] All-Star and MVP of the regular-season," said Leonard. "I’m trying to be one of the greatest players so whatever level that consists of is where I want to take my game." Leonard already has earned Finals MVP honors, and Defensive Player of the Year, so why not add an All-Star selection and regular-season MVP to the list? He averaged 16.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 steals, 1.0 three-pointer and 0.8 blocks per game through 64 games last season, and he'll make for a fine early-round selection on draft day.
Source: pe.com
Aug 19 - 1:25 PM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan was voted the 2014-15 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award on Wednesday.

The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to the team. Those qualities very accurately describe the 39-year-old, and luckily for basketball fans everywhere we'll get to witness at least one more season with Duncan donning the Silver and Black. He averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game last season, while also making it through 77 games. With LaMarcus Aldridge in town, there's a chance he's given some more rest days, but he should still be able to get close to last year's averages.
Aug 19 - 12:33 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge said he sees "a lot of easy shots" with the Spurs.

"Pop’s really good at misdirection, and the team is so unselfish that the ball moves around," Aldridge said. When Aldridge was wide open (defender at least six feet away) last season, he posted a 56.4 effective field goal percentage (eFG%). On the other hand, LMA put up just a 45.8 eFG% on his other 1,149 shots last season. While he might be getting less shots overall, the increased efficiency should help his fantasy value. He's still a solid target in the early rounds and perhaps the injury risk is a bigger factor than the change of scenery.
Aug 17 - 2:51 PM

Tony Parker is headlining the final 12-man French Eurobasket team.

France, the first team to announce its final 12-man squad, will also have Nando De Colo back on the squad. Other players include Nicolas Batum, Alexis Ajinca, Boris Diaw, Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier.

Kyle Anderson said that he is hoping to impress the Spurs with his defense.

"The thing I’m excited about the most is my defense," Anderson said. "The points are going to come. I’m not going to go out there and score 20 points during the regular season. My focus is on defense." Anderson also went on to say that he is looking to speed his game up. "I do try to speed it up a little bit because that’s what they asked me for in San Antonio, but I just play my game, just be unselfish." Anderson was named the Summer League MVP, and while he has showed a lot of potential it won't be easy for him to get substantial minutes while Kawhi Leonard is healthy.
Aug 16 - 9:46 AM

After watching some film on the Spurs this summer, LaMarcus Aldridge said that he is expecting to get a lot of easy shots.

Aldridge's production and minutes could dip slightly in San Antonio due to all of the depth on the roster, but his efficiency is expected to rise with a strong supporting cast around him. He will likely be the No. 1 option on offense, and he is still a solid option in the second round of drafts.
Aug 15 - 12:38 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge said he cancelled his free agent meeting with the Knicks after they draft Kristaps Porzingis.

While Aldridge said he was excited to meet with the Knicks during free agency, but was turned off by the team's desire for him to play center after drafting Porzingis to play power forward. "They were saying they wanted me to be more of a center to let their guy develop and I just wasn’t looking to be that," Aldridge said. "So I was looking to play power forward, and they weren’t really interested." While LMA and the Knicks weren't meant to be, he's still worth an early-round fantasy pick as a new member of the Spurs.
Aug 13 - 11:11 AM

Patty Mills will play for Australia in the Oceania Championship series with New Zealand.

The injury to Dante Exum (knee) made the move happen. "My shoulder injury last year meant that I had to continue intensive rehab and quality training over the past few months," Mills said. "I’ve done that and will be ready for the Oceania Championships." He could be in line for more minutes next season with the Spurs somewhat thin in their backcourt.
Aug 10 - 8:38 PM

Reggie Williams' $1.2 million salary for the 2015-16 season is entirely unguaranteed.

The Spurs have 16 players on their roster, 13 of whom have fully guaranteed deals. Matt Bonner and Jimmer Fredette both have partially guaranteed salaries, making Williams the most likely odd-man out after training camp. He's not a fantasy asset no matter where he begins the season.
Aug 9 - 2:49 PM

Tony Parker had 16 points and seven assists during France's easy 78-65 win over Serbia on Friday.

Teammate Boris Diaw added nine points as France gets ready for Eurobasket. With all of the concern surrounding players getting hurt in international competition, Parker might have some minutes restrictions. He should be set for a consistent role at point guard in the 2015-16 season, but expect the Spurs to rest the oft-injured stud more often.
Aug 8 - 6:34 PM

Without Kawhi Leonard's breakout and adding LaMarcus Aldridge, Danny Green thinks coach Gregg Popovich may have been "out the door" when Tim Duncan retired.

"Them being here I think extends his tenure just a little bit longer," Green said. Pop is a basketball lifer and likely could have shifted to more of a front-office role. His Spurs are armed for another title run and he can manage the minutes of his aging studs even more this season.
Aug 8 - 6:30 PM

Danny Green's goals include an All-Star appearance, an Olympic gold medal and another NBA championship.

The 28-year-old wing calls himself a "middle-aged" NBA player and said there is plenty of room for improvement. The Spurs exchanged some backcourt depth for frontcourt depth, so one would think Green's minutes will be a little safer this season. He is a solid pick in the middle of drafts due to how his game translates remarkably well.
Aug 8 - 6:26 PM

The Spurs have agreed to sign undrafted point guard Keifer Sykes to a training camp deal.

Sykes is an explosive 6'0" guard out of Wisconsin Green-Bay where he averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.4 3-pointers per game during his senior season, but his chances of making the Spurs' final roster are slim. He will likely be a project for the Austin Spurs in the D-League, but we will watch him closely during training camp. Sykes can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Aug 8 - 10:18 AM

Boban Marjanovic (ankle) said that he wanted to play for Serbia at Eurobasket, but the Spurs had the final say and would not allow him to participate.

The Spurs diagnosed Marjanovic with a bone edema in his left ankle, and there is just no way that they are going to let him risk his health. The good news is that Marjanovic enjoyed his recent stay in San Antonio, and this could all be water under the bridge soon. He is reportedly wearing a protective boot and will be doing some swimming exercises in the next couple of weeks, so we will continue to monitor his progress closely. He should be good for training camp, but he isn't expected to see enough minutes to matter in standard leagues.
Aug 7 - 12:50 PM


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