Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Kawhi Leonard (quad) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Raptors.

The Spurs apparently aren't going to provide a timetable for Leonard, but based on a video that went viral on Friday showing him struggling to walk up stairs, we'd speculate that he's not all that close. Rudy Gay and Kyle Anderson will continue to pick up the small forward minutes in his absence, with Gay being the more attractive target in fantasy hoops.
Oct 22 - 5:13 PM

Manu Ginobili posted five points with three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 23 minutes off the bench Saturday at Chicago.

The 40-year-old guard's fantasy appeal is limited to deeper leagues. However, he's still part of the rotation in San Antonio and can contribute should anything happen to Kyle Anderson or Danny Green.
Oct 21 - 11:51 PM

Joffrey Lauvergne posted five points with six rebounds and an assist in 17 minutes off the bench Saturday in Chicago.

The 6'11" Frenchman has gone 2-of-6 from the field in each of his first two games. He has a little bit of offensive upside and he'll grab a handful of rebounds, but he really needs an injury or rest for Pau Gasol in order to see a clear path to regular playing time.
Oct 21 - 11:46 PM

Patty Mills posted two points with three assists, two rebounds and three turnovers with four personal fouls in 22 minutes Saturday.

Mills will see a decent amount of minutes behind Dejounte Murray until Tony Parker (quadriceps) is healthy enough to return sometime in December. He'll heat up eventually, especially from long distance. He remains a cheap PG option in deeper leagues, helping out in assists and 3-pointers.
Oct 21 - 11:43 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists with three turnovers across 20 minutes in Saturday's win in Chicago.

Gasol made just 3-of-8 from the field for the second consecutive outing and he missed his only 3-point attempt in an ugly game against his former employer. You can't say Gasol isn't at least consistent, as he also had seven rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's opener.
Oct 21 - 11:39 PM

Dejounte Murray finished with eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 26 minutes vs. Chicago on Saturday.

Murray should play 25-28 minutes per game while Tony Parker (quadriceps) is on the shelf, even if he's splitting time with Patty Mills. Given his across-the-board production to begin the year, Murray is worth owning until Parker gets a clear return date.
Oct 21 - 11:28 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a game-high 28 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and a steal across 33 minutes in Saturday's 87-77 win at Chicago.

Aldridge hit 12-of-24 from the field and he was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, serving as one of the few offensive heroes in a low-scoring game. He is off to a good start, averaging 26.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game through the first two outings, as the offense has been geared more toward giving Aldridge room to operate in his comfort zones. So far, so good, but remember that things will change a bit when Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) is healthy enough to return.
Oct 21 - 11:23 PM

Kawhi Leonard (quad) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

No surprise here, as Leonard did not play in any preseason games and was sidelined for San Antonio's season opener. The notoriously tight-lipped Spurs have not given any timetable for his return, opening up endless speculation. Some reporters have suggested Leonard could miss the first few weeks of the season. Rudy Gay and Kyle Anderson will continue to be the primary fantasy beneficiaries in Kawhi's absence.
Oct 20 - 6:38 PM

A video surfaced of Kawhi Leonard (quad) apparently struggling to get up the steps to board a plane.

To be clear here, we're not saying this is necessarily very bad, but any information on an injured Spurs player is news. Feel free to judge for yourself in the video below (hat tip to Larry Ramirez of KSAT). Maybe he's exaggerating the injury, but that doesn't exactly fit with Kawhi's behavior during his career. Some reporters say Kawhi could miss 5-10 games, but it's really anyone's guess at this point. Rudy Gay and Kyle Anderson will soak up most of the minutes at the three while Danny Green, Dejounte Murray and LaMarcus Aldridge also benefit.
Oct 20 - 4:43 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge continued his impressive run on Wednesday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes vs. the Wolves.

Aldridge looked great all preseason, San Antonio recently inked him to a three-year extension, and Gregg Popovich took the blame for LA's struggles since joining the Spurs -- "He just didn’t feel comfortable and it’s 98.75% on me." The offense is now geared toward giving Aldridge room to operate in his comfort zones, mostly at the elbow, but owners should still expect a dip once Kawhi Leonard (quad) gets back on the court.
Oct 19 - 2:59 AM

Danny Green played 33 minutes on Wednesday, finishing the Spurs' season-opening victory with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

Green made 7-of-16 shots, including three 3-pointers, and his level of offensive engagement was eye-opening. Kawhi Leonard (quad) was out tonight, of course, and the Spurs are taking it easy with Rudy Gay (24 minutes), but this is still a great sign for all of Green's owners. He's built for 9-cat.
Oct 19 - 2:58 AM

Kyle Anderson (ankle) helped the Spurs earn a 107-99 win on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds in 30 minutes as a starter.

Anderson started at SF in place of Kawhi Leonard (quad) and he looked great -- he made 5-of-9 shots including a 3-pointer, blocked one shot, and didn't turn the ball over. It's unclear when Kawhi will return, which gives Anderson some appeal as a DFS play or short-term option in deeper leagues. His recent ankle injury obviously isn't a concern.
Oct 19 - 2:58 AM

Dejounte Murray hit 7-of-8 field goals for 16 points vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes.

Murray stayed in his lane offensively, to great effect, and Gregg Popovich also said he was "really good" defensively. "Coach tells me a lot, be greedy on defense," Murray added. "I've got to use that seven-foot wing span." He and Patty Mills (22 minutes) split time somewhat evenly tonight, and Tony Parker (quad) could return in December, but at a minimum Murray is an intriguing short-term option in deep leagues.
Oct 19 - 2:56 AM

Rudy Gay made his regular-season Spurs debut on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

Gay made 5-of-9 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs, he didn't turn the ball over, and he was on the court down the stretch. It's as encouraging a debut as we could have expected, following his long rehab from Achilles surgery, and the ability to play both SF and PF should solidify his role even when Kawhi Leonard (quad) returns to action. Gay's upside might be capped in San Antonio, but he remains a solid fantasy option in most leagues.
Oct 19 - 2:55 AM

Kyle Anderson (ankle) will start vs. the Wolves on Wednesday.

Anderson's ankle injury was never serious, and it's interesting to see him get the nod at SF ahead of Rudy Gay. He's not the best per-minute fantasy producer, however, and is more of a DFS punt-play until Kawhi Leonard (quad) returns.
Oct 18 - 9:25 PM


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