Player News - Spurs

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Matt Bonner is hoping to play one more season in the NBA.

The 36-year-old has yet to receive a training camp invite, but is hoping for one last shot in the NBA. "I’m going to fight to get into the league," Bonner said. "I’m going to fight to play one more year." While Bonner could help an NBA team as a veteran shooter off the bench, he won't have any fantasy value even if he signs somewhere.
Sep 20 - 9:15 AM

The Spurs added Joel Anthony on a non-guaranteed deal.

The Pistons waived him to make room for Boban Marjanovic, so it's almost a swap. However, Anthony is the 18th player on the roster, so he's nowhere near a lock to make the team.
Sep 19 - 3:15 PM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Many people in the Spurs' organization believe that Tim Duncan will join the franchise on a full-time capacity.

The belief is that Duncan will get involved in personnel decisions as opposed to coaching. Gregg Popovich is obviously on board with the idea and wants the big man around the team as much as possible. "If he wants to go on a scouting trip, fine," Popovich said. "If he wants his own station in training camp, he has it. He’s in charge. He can tell me exactly what he wants to do. But I’m not paying him a penny."
Sep 16 - 10:24 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol is expected to have a leading role with the Spurs.

Gasol, who declined the opportunity to join the Spurs during the 2014 offseason, is ready to start his San Antonio tenure in grand fashion. "[Gregg] Popovich has told me that I will contribute a lot and along with LaMarcus Aldridge, without Tim Duncan any more, I will be one of the leaders of the team in the front line." Assuming his health holds up—which is no sure thing—Gasol should again return solid fantasy value. Just keep in mind that he'll have his minutes managed and will be subjected to the random DNP-Old under his new head coach.
Sep 10 - 4:04 PM

Ryan Richards will sign a camp deal with the Spurs.

He was the 49th pick in the 2010 draft and most recently played for Al-Ahli in the Bahraini Premier League. The 25-year-old big man is facing an uphill battle to crack the 15-man roster in San Antonio.
Sep 9 - 12:21 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol acknowledged that after signing a two-year deal with the Spurs this offseason, it's unlikely that he'll finish his professional basketball career playing for FC Barcelona of Spain.

"While still playing in the NBA, my chances of returning to FC Barcelona are reduced," said Gasol. "It’s a nice idea, but becoming less and less possible. My hope of playing for the national team remains the same, evaluating it year by year and analyzing how my body adapts to the workload." Gasol will be 38 years old when his contract expires with the Spurs, so it would be surprising if he had much left to give at that point. His fantasy value in San Antonio will take a hit, given Gregg Popovich's propensity to dish out random rest days to his veterans.
Source: Marca
Sep 7 - 10:29 AM

Kyle Anderson is expected to spend time at both forward spots this season.

This makes sense because the Spurs lost David West, Boris Diaw and Tim Duncan this summer, opening the door for Anderson to have a larger role in the second unit. He was one of the best players at the Vegas Summer League for the second straight year and should be able to flirt with minutes in the 20s. His upside is somewhat limited because he hit just 0.2 treys per game last season on a 32.4 percent clip, but he did have per-36 minute averages of 10.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.8 blocks. He's on the radar in deeper formats.
Sep 4 - 12:52 PM

Nicolas Laprovittola agreed to a camp deal with Spurs.

He'll be fighting for a roster spot. The Spurs have been working on a deal with Laprovittola since last month, but the undrafted Argentinian guard will have his work cut out for himself to make the team.
Sep 2 - 10:46 PM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Spurs are working on a deal to bring Nicolas Laprovittola to the NBA.

The 26-year-old PG went undrafted in 2012, but he must have caught the Spurs' eye in Rio with the Argentinian national team. Laprovittola played in Spain last season and averaged 13.8 points, 4.4 assists, 2.9 boards, 1.6 steals and 2.1 treys, and he would add some depth behind Tony Parker and Patty Mills if he can come to terms on a deal with San Antonio.
Aug 26 - 9:33 AM

Patty Mills' 30 points weren't enough on Sunday, as Australia fell to Spain 89-88 in the Bronze medal game.

Mills had a fantastic tournament and nearly helped the Aussies claim their first Olympic medal. Mills added a couple assists, one rebound, three steals and three treys while shooting 11-of-23 from the field in 37 minutes. Tony Parker is another year older and Mills is entering a contract year, so it's possible his role could grow in San Antonio this season. Matthew Dellavedova added six points and eight assists in 24 minutes.
Aug 21 - 12:37 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol scored 31 points to lead Spain past Australia for the Bronze medal on Sunday.

Gasol was excellent, hitting 12-of-15 shots from the field with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. He was also a bit fortunate because Andrew Bogut fouled out in the third, but it was still an epic performance. Gasol is uncertain about his future with international play, but keep in mind that he would be 40 years old in the next Olympic games.
Aug 21 - 12:29 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol is uncertain about his future in international competition.

"I would be 40 years old in the next Olympic Games and I’ve been already many games for many years," Gasol said. "During next season I’ll assess how I feel and if I will play with the national team or not. Things can change pretty quick." It wouldn't be surprising if Gasol is done with international play, but nothing is set in stone just yet. As an aside, Gasol said that his calf was not 100 percent vs. Team USA, but it's not expected to be an injury that lingers into training camp.
Aug 20 - 2:32 PM

Patty Mills cooled off in disappointing loss to Serbia on Friday, missing eight of his nine attempts from behind the arc.

Mills came into the game averaging 21.1 points per game over five previous Olympic contests in Rio. However, he couldn't locate his shot tonight. Mills scored a total of 13 points, but missed 10-of-16 FG attempts including the aforementioned 1-of-9 mark from three-point territory.
Aug 19 - 8:21 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol's calf injury didn't slow him down during the semifinals, as he scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting with two 3-pointers, eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block in under 29 minutes.

Gasol scored 12 points in the first quarter alone, yet his team trailed by nine points against an aggressive and in-rhythm U.S. squad. Spain was exploited on the glass, losing the rebound battle 53-41 while giving up 21 offensive boards, and at times it looked like Pau was on an island in the paint. The loss sends them to a bronze-medal showdown vs. either Australia or Serbia.
Aug 19 - 4:32 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol (calf) has been cleared to play against the USA on Friday.

Head games? Spain made it seem like Gasol had no hope of playing on Friday, but it's great to hear that both teams will be at full strength in what should be a thrilling game. On a side note, Gregg Popovich probably just added another maintenance day to Gasol's itinerary for the upcoming season.
Aug 19 - 12:18 PM


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