Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Tony Parker said that he will take steps to avoid injuries this season.

"I just want to feel good," Parker said. "My only goal this year is to be healthy, because I know if I’m healthy I’ll play well." Parker averaged just 14.4 points and 4.9 assists last season in 68 appearances, but he is hoping that his new stretching regimen before practices and games will help him fend off injuries. Parker also struggled during the Eurobasket this summer, so he will need to have a strong preseason before we could recommend taking a flier on him before the later rounds.
Oct 2 - 10:39 AM

Tony Parker said that physically he felt great during the EuroBasket tournament, but he just didn't make shots.

Parker has continually downplayed his less-than-stellar performance from the EuroBasket tournament, but it's fair to wonder if all the deep playoff runs have caught up to the 33-year-old who shot just 34.3 percent from the field in Europe. He was barely worth owning last season, averaging 14.4 points and 4.9 assists through 68 games, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day.
Oct 1 - 4:15 PM

David West said he's not thinking of his latest contract as a pay cut.

Though West gave up a $12.5 million contract for a $1.5 deal with the Spurs, he says he's not looking at it as lost money. "This was a very calculated decision," West said. "It wasn’t necessarily about what I was giving up or looking to gain." Though he may have positioned himself for a championship run, West will come off the bench for the Spurs and won't have much value in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 10:09 AM

Manu Ginobili said he's not thinking about his retirement plans just yet.

Ginobili is in the first year of a two-year deal with the Spurs, but the 38-year-old said he'll take his plans day-to-day. "I don’t know," Ginobili said. "Why should I make the commitment now? It’s ten months away, so I don’t have to. The last few seasons, I’ve been going day by day, seeing if I enjoy it. If I keep feeling the same thing, before games, after games, the same feel, and so far it’s been happening. I’m not going to say before. It doesn’t make any sense." While Manu will have a big game here or there, his best days are far behind him and he can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 29 - 11:50 AM

Coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard will be a "very important" perimeter player this year.

The Spurs are a little thinner on the wings, which means we may see Kawhi get more minutes this season. Leonard really grew as an on-ball player, increasing his shots on three-plus dribbles to 34.0 percent of his attempts -- that's up from 20.6 in 2013-14. Kawhi is in the mix to be a top-five pick and just turned 24 in June.
Sep 28 - 2:24 PM

Boban Marjanovic (foot) has been cleared to practice.

Marjanovic dealt with a foot/ankle injury at Eurobasket, but he's good to go now as Spurs training camp begins. He's a fascinating prospect and an enormous human being, but he's not going to accrue a big enough role to matter in the majority of fantasy leagues.
Sep 28 - 1:14 PM

Spurs sign F DeShaun Thomas for training camp.

Thomas, the No. 58 pick in the 2013 draft, is not likely to make the final roster.
Sep 28 - 12:08 PM

The Spurs have signed Rasual Butler for training camp.

Butler was reported to be drawing interest from San Antonio in late August, but he'll face an uphill battle to claim a roster spot on a loaded Spurs roster.
Sep 28 - 11:39 AM

Jeff McDonald said on Twitter Tuesday that the Spurs' final roster spot is now a battle between Jimmer Fredette and Reggie Williams.

While neither player is expected to make much of an impact if they make the team, Jimmer would appear to have an advantage since $507,000 of his camp contract is guaranteed.
Sep 23 - 12:25 AM

Tony Parker helped Team France to a bronze medal finish on Sunday, scoring 13 points (3-of-12 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs) to go with four assists, two rebounds, one steal and three turnovers over 32 minutes.

After the match Parker and Nicolas Batum addressed the crowd, saying neither had the intention of leaving the French National Team. France did not qualify for the 2016 Olympics during the EuroBasket tournament due to their third place finish, so they will now have to earn their spot through a smaller Olympic qualifying tournament. Parker had a rough going at the tournament, shooting a horrific 34.3 percent from the field, and he was often outplayed by fellow Frenchmen Nando De Colo. Given Parkers' decline over the years, it’s tough to justify taking him any earlier than the final few rounds on draft day.
Source: Sportando
Sep 20 - 10:45 AM

Jimmer Fredette understands that he will have to earn his minutes in San Antonio, but he's excited for the opportunity.

"I’m coming in with the expectation that I’m going to have to work as hard as I can to get playing time and work my way in the rotation," said Fredette. "One thing I do know, if I’m on the team, they do give guys rests. So, I will have the opportunity to play and I think it is my type of basketball." Fredette's contract with the Spurs is only guaranteed through January 10, so if he falls on his face (like he has with his three other NBA teams) they will have the ability to cut ties with the once much-hyped product out of Brigham Young University. He has no fantasy value in San Antonio.
Source: Desert News
Sep 20 - 10:00 AM

The Spurs have reportedly extended a training camp invite to DeShaun Thomas.

Thomas was taken by San Antonio with the No. 58 overall selection in the 2013 draft, and he'll now have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot during training camp.
Sep 19 - 11:07 AM

Tony Parker's struggles continued on Thursday as he shot just 4-of-17 from the field during an overtime loss to Spain, scoring 10 points to go with six assists, four boards, and three turnovers.

Parker has really struggled to get his shot to drop for Team France over the past four games, shooting a combined 11-of-47 from the field during that span, including an 0-of-5 shooting performance. While Parker has shrugged his poor shooting off as nothing more than a bit of a cold-streak, one has to wonder if all those deep playoff runs are finally catching up with him. His performance at the EuroBasket tournament has been far from inspiring, and at 33 years old with a number of rest days coming his way, it's hard to justify him as anything more than a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Sep 17 - 5:55 PM

Tony Parker said he's not worried about his struggles at EuroBasket.

While Parker has played poorly during the tournament, the 33-year-old said he's not all that concerned. "That France wins, that’s the most important, not that I play well," Parker said prior. "I do not think about [how I’m playing]. I think about what I need to do for the team. I will not force. We’ll see how the game goes, and if the defense always focuses on me, I’ll have to be smart and find open players. Do not worry, all is well with me." While Parker isn't worried, fantasy owners should be. His play dipped last year as he was limited to 68 games due to injury and he's nothing more than a late-round target in standard leagues at this point.
Sep 17 - 12:01 PM

Spurs' GM R.C. Buford described how San Antonio will try and fit LaMarcus Aldridge into their system during a recent interview.

"LaMarcus will be different," said Buford. "And we’ll be different than we were before LaMarcus. We have to figure out how LaMarcus will play within our group, and produce at levels that he’s capable of — and that are important to him, and to our success." LaMarcus won't get quite as many one-on-one opportunities playing for Gregg Popovich, so his usage rate of 30.0 from last season will more than likely dip, but he'll still be a go-to guy on offense for the Spurs and should have no trouble returning early-round value on the season.
Source: Grantland
Sep 16 - 10:01 AM

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