Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Derrick White will play in summer league.

He's quite a story. White barely had any offers from colleges out of high school and one of them was from a culinary school. He came from D2 school UCCS, but then tore it up at Colorado last year with averages of 18.1 points, 4.1 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.7 treys and 2.4 turnovers. The Spurs are well on their way to replacing Tony Parker very soon.
Jun 23 - 3:18 PM

With the penultimate pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Spurs selected Clemson F Jaron Blossomgame.

This was San Antonio's second pick of the night, after taking Derrick at No. 29. Blossomgame is almost 24 years old, having played four years in college, so he comes to the Spurs as a relatively NBA-ready prospect despite nearly falling out of the draft. Unless injuries ravage the lineup, we're not expecting to see him in the rotation this season.
Jun 23 - 12:20 AM

The Spurs selected Derrick White with the No. 29 pick in the draft.

The D2 transfer had himself a strong senior season with Colorado, averaging 18.1 points, 4.1 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks, 1.7 treys and 2.4 turnovers on 50.7 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the line. White has good size at 6’5" with a 6’7" wingspan, and he also performed in pick-and-roll plays with the Buffalos. Being a four-year college player may have hurt his draft value, but White could shine in Summer League. With the Spurs linked to several high-profile guards in free agency, White will have his work cut out for him to crack the rotation.
Jun 22 - 10:41 PM

Blazers beat writer Jason Quick reports that there is "no way" LaMarcus Aldridge will return to Portland via a trade.

Aldridge is said to be unhappy in San Antonio and his name has surfaced in various trade rumors. This doesn't mean that he won't be moved, but the scenario involving Portland has no legs.
Jun 22 - 6:01 PM

The Cavs and Spurs have been in trade talks involving Danny Green, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The report adds the Spurs' asking price has been high, but the Cavs don't even have a GM right now. The Cavs really don't have much to offer here, so this isn't surprising to see these teams aren't close. Green could be on the move this summer as the Spurs look to open up some cap space to potentially bring in a star like Chris Paul. The Suns have also been mentioned as a possible inclusion in a three-team trade, according to Sam Amico.
Jun 22 - 5:13 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge's unhappiness in San Antonio is "the driving force" behind the Spurs’ trade talks on Thursday, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

The report adds Aldridge is "hopeful that San Antonio can find a better fit for his talents." The Spurs are reportedly looking for a top-10 pick in return, but they're probably not going to get it with how deep this class is. Plus, the teams in the top 10 really don't make much sense as a fit right now. After a bad postseason, the Spurs may be willing to drop the price on the former All-Star.
Source: USA Today
Jun 22 - 3:22 PM

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Michael C. Wright, the Spurs are still shopping LaMarcus Aldridge.

Suns radio host John Gambadoro said on Wednesday that the Spurs were looking for a top-5 pick in return, but this report says they would move Aldridge for a top-10 pick. The Spurs have spoken to at least three teams so far, but no deal is imminent yet. Aldridge was a letdown in the postseason and is slated to make $21.4 million next season with a player option for 2018-19, so getting his contract off the books would give the Spurs a ton of flexibility to make some noise in free agency.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 10:38 AM

The Spurs have extended a $1.6 million qualifying offer to make Jonathon Simmons a restricted free agent.

Simmons was quietly effective last season, especially while filling in for injured Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs -- in four games vs. the Warriors, he averaged 15.3 points, 1.3 triples, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 27.8 minutes. Danny Green and LaMarcus Aldridge have been mentioned in recent trade rumors, and Pau Gasol is expected to re-negotiate a deal with the Spurs, so the team's willingness to match an offer-sheet for Simmons hinges on a variety of factors.

The Spurs have reportedly dangled LaMarcus Aldridge in exchange for a top-five draft pick, according to Suns radio host John Gambadoro.

It's important to note that this is coming from the Suns side without any sources cited, so it's firmly a rumor. Nothing suggests that Phoenix would be receptive to such an offer, if indeed it were made. That said, San Antonio is reportedly trying to clear cap space to pursue an elite free agent this summer, so this won't be the last time they come up in trade whispers.
Jun 21 - 7:55 PM

The Spurs are "open to trading" Danny Green, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

Cap space is the name of the game here. The Spurs could be trying to open up some money to go after guys like Chris Paul or Kyle Lowry, so that explains this news -- the Rockets are in the same boat. This report does add nothing is close yet, though. Despite some inconsistency, Green should be considered as an asset by almost any team.
Jun 21 - 5:56 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee is expected to decline his player option, worth $2.3 million, for the 2017-18 season.

This was an expected move by Lee. He played relatively well last season in San Antonio, averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was also remarkably efficient in his 18.7 minutes per contest, shooting 59.0 percent from the floor. Lee will have plenty of teams willing to offer him a one-year deal. There is also a distinct possibility he returns to the Spurs for a contract near the veteran's minimum.
Jun 20 - 11:52 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of The Vertical is reporting that Pau Gasol will decline his $16.2 million option for 2017-18, but intends to work with the Spurs on a longer term deal to remain in San Antonio.

Gasol declining his player option gives the Spurs finical flexibility to pursue attractive free agents this summer. Woj adds that the plan is for Gasol to return to San Antonio on a multi-year deal, but at a smaller annual salary. Exactly how much money Pau is willing to sacrifice is unknown at this point. Gasol averaged just 25.4 minutes per game last season (he had previously never averaged fewer than 31 minutes a night). As a result, he posted career-lows in points (12.4) and assists (2.3).
Jun 20 - 10:20 AM

Kawhi Leonard is making solid progress in his recovery from the sprained left ankle he sustained during the Western Conference Finals.

"He’s done some training, but I don’t think anybody’s pushing him to get back on the floor this time of year," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said Monday. "It’s a good time, emotionally and physically, to take a break." Leonard is taking things slowly, which is perfectly understandable at this point in the calendar year, but there's no reason to believe that a sprained ankle suffered in May will impact his status for the 2017-18 season. He'll be an easy top-5 selection on draft day.
Jun 19 - 3:45 PM

Manu Ginobili is still pondering his future according to his brother, Sepo Ginobili.

"Manu will decide over the coming month(s)," Sepo said. "If he can help and be useful to the team, he will continue." Ginobili was expected to take 3-4 weeks after the season ended to make a decision, but it sounds like he needs more time to think about it. He will be 40 years old on July 28, so expect him to have an even smaller role in 2017-18 if he decides to come back for one last dance.
Jun 18 - 10:08 AM

Dejounte Murray will work out with Kawhi Leonard in San Diego this summer.

It is shaping up to be the summer of Dejounte. After his rookie season, Murray is fully expected to participate in Las Vegas Summer League and will likely be in show-off mode. He shined in Las Vegas last year, so expect him to light it up next month after he shined in the postseason. If the Spurs are unable to add a big-name point guard, Murray has the inside track for the starting job and could be a late-round flier in fantasy.
Jun 14 - 3:14 PM


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