Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Adam Hanga has agreed to a multi-year deal with Barcelona.

Hanga, who named the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year in the Euroleague, was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Spurs. There was talk that San Antonio might bring him stateside for the 2017-18 season if Manu Ginobili retired. However, Manu came back for another year, and Hanga got an offer north of $7 million from Barca. The new contract reportedly includes a $1.5 million buyout should he want to join the Spurs at some point.
Aug 19 - 10:29 AM

Dejounte Murray has been working out with Isaiah Thomas.

That's two different MVP candidates that Murray has worked out with this summer, including his teammate Kawhi Leonard in San Diego. Murray and Thomas both went to the University of Washington, so that likely explains the connection. Murray did not play well in summer league, but he still has an excellent chance to start on opening night with Tony Parker likely out until 2018.
Aug 11 - 9:46 PM

Jarron Blossomgame will sign a standard G League contract.

He'll play with the Austin Spurs after playing four years of NCAA ball. The Clemson product is already 24 years old and was the 59th pick of the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 5:17 PM

Joffrey Lauvergne suffered a minor knee injury while warming up for France’s exhibition game on Aug. 8 but is expected to play in the team's next contest.

Lauvergne reportedly saw a specialist in France, but the injury is "not considered to be serious." Thus, Lauvergne has been cleared to play in Team France's matchup vs. Lithuania. Lauvergne signed with the Spurs as a free agent this summer and is expected to see limited minutes off of the San Antonio bench next season.
Aug 11 - 9:38 AM

Tony Parker (quad) said that he's targeting a return to the court in four to five months.

He said back in May that he was targeting a return in January, so it sounds like he's still on pace to meet that goal. "It's OK. It's OK. It's getting better and better," Parker said of his quad. "I'm starting to run like a little bit. I'm walking pretty well. I think it's still going to be a long process. It's still going to take like another four or five months but I am very happy in with the progress." Parker can be ignored in standard-league drafts and wouldn't have been a target even if he was 100 percent. Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills will hold down the fort at PG until he returns to action.
Source: News 4 SA
Aug 10 - 11:05 AM

Patty Mills officially re-signed with the Spurs.

In case you missed it, Mills will be under contract for $50 million over the next four seasons. Tony Parker (leg) likely won't make it back to the court until January at the earliest, and while coach Gregg Popovich prefers to keep Mills in the second unit, he's still looking at minutes in the mid-to-high 20s right out of the gate. He averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers last season, so he's more a late-round option.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 6 - 11:37 AM

Tony Allen said the Grizzlies' "Grint and Grind" slogan started because of Rudy Gay being hurt when they were teammates

"Rudy Gay said 'I'm not playing this game, my toe hurts,'" Allen said. "'I said, your toe hurt? Your toe hurt? You just did a windmill dunk last night, your toe wasn't ...' I said 'Alright, your toe hurt.'" On that day against the Thunder, Allen had to guard Kevin Durant instead of James Harden. "Mind you, I hadn't played in 22-some-odd games, and this is to let you know how in shape I was. Durant had like 35, but they lost. When they gave me my interview, the first thing I said was, 'It's just all heart. Grit and grind.' That's how that phrase blossomed in Memphis."
Source: Mass Live
Aug 4 - 6:33 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol's deal with the Spurs is $48 million over three seasons.

That number is much higher than expected, especially for someone who recently turned 37. However, there is just a partial guarantee on the third season. Gasol averaged a career-low 25.6 minutes per game last season and that's unlikely to go up much with the Spurs bringing in Rudy Gay to play some PF. Fantasy owners also have to worry about him resting late in the season. Unless you can grab him late, Gasol won't be a recommended fantasy target.
Source: ESPN
Jul 25 - 11:56 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol has agreed on a three-year deal to return to the Spurs.

There is only a partial guarantee on the third year of this deal for the Spaniard. It's a nice deal for the 37-year-old big man, and he should be in a similar role. There was some talk of the Spurs going smaller with Rudy Gay (Achilles) now in the mix, but now they'll have to work in LaMarcus Aldridge and Gasol to their frontcourt rotation.
Jul 21 - 4:08 PM

Matt Costello will sign a two-way contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

This means he can spend up to 45 days in the NBA next season and the rest of his time with the Austin Spurs in the G-League. The 23-year-old PF went undrafted in 2016, but impressed at this year's Summer League with averages of 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks.
Jul 20 - 10:14 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

The Spurs are reportedly working to finalize a deal with unrestricted free agent Pau Gasol.

Gasol opted out of his contract back in June, but he did that to free up cap space for the Spurs, and the narrative has always been that he would eventually re-up with San Antonio on a long-term deal. Gasol was a top-75 option with the Spurs last season despite only playing 25.4 minutes a night, contributing averages of 12.4 points, 7.8 boards, 2.4 dimes, 0.9 triples and 1.1 blocks per contest. However, we'll likely see a slight regression in those numbers during his age-37 season.
Source: ESPN
Jul 18 - 2:31 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN‏ is reporting that Manu Ginobili and the Spurs are finalizing details on a new contract.

This will be Ginobili's 16th season in San Antonio. He turns 40 at the end of July. Last season Manu averaged a career-low 7.5 points in a career-low 18.7 minutes. His playing time and production will likely dip again in 2017-18. Despite being one of the better players of his generation and a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, Ginobili is no longer desirable in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 18 - 11:54 AM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) said he's fully cleared and that the rehab process is going great.

"I’m fully cleared to do everything. I’m fine now," Gay said. "The team, it has its own planning with me. But I’m ready to go. I’ll definitely be ready by [training] camp." Gay added that he chose the Spurs because he wants a shot at a championship and believes that coach Gregg Popovich will take his game to the next level. Gay's fantasy value and minutes will likely trend down in San Antonio, so fantasy owners should be cautious. He's also 30 and coming off a major injury, so expect some maintenance days down the stretch.
Source: ESPN
Jul 17 - 9:57 AM

Nikola Milutinov will stay overseas for at least one more season.

The Spurs are expected to make an offer next summer, so we could potentially see him in the states for the 2018-19 season. Mutinov only played 15.4 minutes per game for Olympiacos in Greece, averaging 5.8 points, 4.0 boards and 0.8 blocks. The seven-foot, 22-year-old big man is off the fantasy radar for now.
Jul 17 - 9:11 AM

Derrick White scored 20 points with five rebounds, one assist, four turnovers, one steal and three 3-pointers in a loss to the Blazers on Saturday.

He played really well this month and showed his last year at Colorado was no fluke. White spent three years in D2 and he turned out to be one of the best four-year college guys to get drafted. He can play both guard spots and has a nice jumper, so the Spurs will likely give him some heavy minutes in Austin. He's expected to have a similar rookie path to Dejounte Murray, who may start for the Spurs.
Jul 15 - 6:04 PM


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