Player News - Spurs

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Manu Ginobili has officially agreed to a two-year deal with the Spurs.

This was all but a formality after Ginobili wrote a lengthy blog post about his decision to come back, but his deal is for two years and $5.7 million with a player option, according to Shams Charania of RealGM. Ginobili will likely re-evaluate his desire to return for a 15th NBA season after the 2015-16 season is over, but he's not much of a fantasy asset outside of deeper leagues at this stage in his career.
Jul 7 - 11:29 AM

Manu Ginobili said the desire is still there to return for his 14th NBA season.

"I didn't watch the second round of playoffs, nor the Conference finals," Ginobili wrote on La Nacion. "I was still I bit hurt. Then, when I watched the finals. I missed it a little. I felt that itch telling me I wanted to play again. The fire is still burning." Ginobili is likely to see something similar to the 22.7 minutes he averaged in 2014-15, so while he still has the ability to have a big game once in a while, the 37-year-old can be ignored in standard fantasy drafts.
Source: La Nacion
Jul 7 - 10:44 AM

Dairis Bertans scored 19 points against the 76ers on Monday during a 74-71 win, adding two rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

He was terrific and showed off his sweet stroke on just eight attempts from deep. Bertans' brother, Davis, is also under the Spurs' control, but he tore his ACL back in March. Dairis has no fantasy value.
Jul 6 - 9:10 PM

David West has agreed to terms with the Spurs for the veteran minimum.

He is going to leave about $11 million on the table to join the Spurs. Madness. Anyway, the Spurs have essentially swapped out Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes for West and LaMarcus Aldridge for their frontcourt rotation. West is almost certainly going to see his 28.7 minutes per game from last season take a hit, so his fantasy value will suffer. He'll be asked to step up on the nights Tim Duncan gets a DNP-OLD. As for the reality side of things, the Spurs look really good.
Jul 6 - 4:27 PM

Manu Ginobili announced he'll be coming back for the 2015-16 season.

He announced it on Twitter and used the hashtag #TDwouldvemissedmetoomuch. Ginobili only played 18.7 minutes per game in the playoffs, so that may be where he'll be for minutes in the upcoming season. The Spurs have lost a little bit of depth with Cory Joseph and Marco Belinelli headed elsewhere, so coach Gregg Popovich may actually have slightly tighter backcourt rotations. Of course, that may change.
Jul 6 - 2:30 PM

Following the news that LaMarcus Aldridge will sign in San Antonio, the Spurs are hoping that Manu Ginobili will return for one more season.

Ginobili is expected to announce his plans in La Nacion (Argentine newspaper) any day now, but the expectation is that he will return. The Spurs will be without Marco Belinelli next season, so it's crucial that Ginobil returns so that they have some reliable depth on their bench. Ginobili averaged just 22.7 minutes per game last season, so he shouldn't be targeted in standard leagues.
Jul 5 - 9:12 AM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich intends to coach for the entirety of his five-year contract that he signed last summer.

Arguably the best coach in the NBA today, Popovich may have cracked a smile when he learned that LaMarcus Aldridge will be joining him in San Antonio, so it makes sense that he would want to stick around. Tim Duncan will probably be more willing to extend his career as well, so this is obviously a glorious day for Spurs fans.
Jul 4 - 12:40 PM

Moments after agreeing to terms with LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs are aggressively pursuing David West with a veteran minimum offer.

Wow. It's safe to say that the Spurs are the clear winners of the free agency period so far, and they would deserve some serious credit if they are able to land West on a minimum deal. West turned down a hefty player option with the Pacers so he could play for a contender, so it will be interesting to see if he will accept a serious discount to play for the Spurs. The Cavaliers are still considered the frontrunners for West and the Wizards are also in play, so this story is far from over.
Jul 4 - 12:33 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, LaMarcus Aldridge will sign a four-year, $80 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

First things first, the Spurs are going to be scary next season. Tim Duncan will likely slide over to center to allow Aldridge to play at the four, and this could also mean that Duncan will be more willing to re-sign for a couple more years. The Spurs tend to monitor their starter's minutes down the stretch, so it's not unreasonable to think that Aldridge could see a slight dip in production next season. Regardless, Aldridge will be an elite asset in fantasy leagues.
Jul 4 - 12:09 PM

According to Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star, the Cavaliers have shown a "huge interest" in free agent David West.

West wants to play for a contender, so it makes sense that the Cavaliers will be an option for him. The Wizards and Spurs are said to be the frontrunners for West, and the Cavs don't exactly have a lot of cap space to work with. With Kevin Love coming back and Tristan Thompson likely to re-sign as well, a move to Cleveland would not be a good thing for West's fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 9:12 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge currently has no more planned meetings and will take a couple days to digest it all, according to Marc Stein of

There are a lot of players and teams waiting on LaMarcus, but we might not get word of his decision until Monday. Teams have been saying Aldridge has been asking some very tough questions about hoops, so some credit should probably go to Terry Stotts.
Jul 3 - 1:12 PM

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon will coach the Las Vegas Summer League team.

She'll be the first female summer league head coach. Hammon getting this distinction is a testament to how well she did as an assistant with the Spurs last season.
Jul 3 - 12:17 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich is looking for another meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge on Friday or Saturday.

Additionally, Pat Riley encouraged LaMarcus to sign a short deal, according to Brian Windhorst of Aldridge is reportedly done with meeting teams, but maybe he'll give the Spurs another chance like he did with the Lakers. The Spurs are still the favorites.
Jul 3 - 12:11 PM

Despite Pat Riley's meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge going longer than expected on Thursday night, the Spurs and Mavs reportedly remain the frontrunners for acquiring LaMarcus Aldridge's services.

The Suns are also in the mix, but it sounds like Miami won't be a realistic option for Aldridge. He's running out of teams to meet and re-meet with, so an official decision from the unrestricted free agent should be coming relatively soon.
Jul 3 - 11:08 AM

The Wizards are making a hard push to sign David West.

After losing Paul Pierce, the Wizards may be able to add a couple nice spacing options with West and Jared Dudley. West is going to choose either the Wizards or Spurs and it sounds like a deal could go down today.
Jul 3 - 10:58 AM

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