Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Gregg Popovich said it's "pretty obvious" Kyle Anderson should play more.

Pop said Slo-Mo can play the three, four, and point guard. The coach also talked about the improvements in Anderson's shot, as well. Anderson has been arguably the best player at Summer League in the last two years and coach Popovich said he has to find a way to get him some run. With the Spurs somewhat thin up front, he's a sneaky late-round pick with upside.
Sep 28 - 3:02 PM

Danny Green (left quad contusion) got on the court for a post-practice shooting session on Wednesday, although he's still yet to work out with the team.

Green is nursing a left quad injury, and while it's not believed to be serious, he likely won't take the court until he's 100 percent healthy. Green likely earned himself a spot on many fantasy GM's "never again" lists after a horrendous 2015-16 campaign, but let's not forget that he was a steady mid-round producer from the 2012 season all the way through 2015. He's someone to consider targeting towards the later rounds as a potential bounce-back candidate.
Sep 28 - 2:59 PM

Kawhi Leonard said he focused on becoming a leader during the offseason to prepare for life without Tim Duncan.

"Just becoming a leader," Leonard said. "Just making sure I know what’s going on on the floor in every position. Just being ready to really get my mentality at leading this group this year, that’s pretty much it." Leonard was dominant last season and finished as the third best player in standard leagues, averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. He's a stud and standard-league owners should feel comfortable taking him in the first round.
Sep 28 - 12:33 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge said he will need to step up defensively to fill the void left by Tim Duncan.

"I think everybody has to take on that burden, it's not just one player's job," Aldridge said Monday. "No one can be Tim Duncan, so that's going to be everyone's job." Thanks to Duncan, the Spurs led the league in defensive rating last year, but luckily for Aldridge he will be have some new help in Pau Gasol. Aldridge only improved as the 2015-16 season progressed with averages of 19.9 points, 8.9 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks after the break, so while his days of being an elite fantasy option ended when he left Portland, it still makes sense to take him in the third round of standard leagues.
Sep 28 - 12:26 AM

Danny Green is dealing with a left quad contusion.

He suffered the injury during a workout last week and sat out of the first day of training camp (Tuesday). The injury doesn't sound serious, but Green is expected to miss a few days of action. For what it's worth, he was able to put up some 3-pointers at practice, so the Spurs are likely just being cautious. Green had Lasik eye surgery over the offseason and is hoping to bounce back after a rough 2015-16 season. He's a nice target at his discounted price in the later rounds.
Sep 28 - 12:15 AM

The Spurs waived G Marcus Denmon on Sunday.

Denmon was taken with the No. 59 overall selection in the 2012 draft by San Antonio, but he's never actually stepped foot on the basketball court at the NBA level. He'll most likely continue to play overseas.
Sep 25 - 2:33 PM

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


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