Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Davis Bertans (knee), who is rehabbing from his second straight torn ACL, is rehabbing in San Antonio.

Bertans is a Spurs draft-and-stash player, and after tearing his ACL in both 2013 and 2014, Bertans is making "inspiring" progress. He's a name to watch as the Spurs turn over their roster this offseason, but he wouldn't be a fantasy option upon immediately coming over.
May 11 - 9:21 AM

Matt Bonner said that he hopes to re-sign with the Spurs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I hope to be back," said Bonner, who has been with the Spurs since the 2006-07 season. "I love playing for the Spurs. I love everything about the organization and everybody in the organization — players, coaches, staff members. I hope they will all be back for next year." Bonner may be able to land another minimum level deal with San Antonio, but with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green all set to hit free agency this offseason, Bonner is likely very low on the Spurs’ to-do list.
May 8 - 9:57 AM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Ducan's friend and former teammate, Antonio Daniels, thinks that Duncan will return to the Spurs next season.

While Daniels' opinion doesn't quantify as anything concrete, it's all we have to go on as Duncan has been mum about his future since the Spurs lost their playoff series to the Clippers. "I would be very surprised if he retired," Daniels said. "As long as he’s staying at a level where he feels like he’s relevant and competing, I can’t see it." We'll pass along updates as soon as more information becomes available, but the 39-year-old will still be worth a mid-round fantasy pick if he does decide to return.
May 7 - 11:16 AM

Manu Ginobili will take the next month or so to decide whether or not to keep playing in the NBA.

During the regular season Ginobili averaged 10.5 points, 4.2 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.3 3-pointers in 22.7 minutes per game, but he saw an average of just 18.7 minutes in the playoffs. He would likely see a limited role if he did return for another season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues. Ginobili will likely wait until head coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan make their decisions, but it would be fun to see the Spurs make at least one more run.
May 6 - 12:08 PM

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said the Spurs are looking to re-tool their roster this offseason.

With so much uncertainty of who will return (including Popovich), the Spurs head coach said the team's roster will probably look quite different next season. "The team will probably look considerably different than it looks this year, because we have so many free agents and we want to re-tool a little bit," Popovich said. "We want to try to start -- not exactly over again -- because these last four seasons have been a grind." Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are both free agents and are both (like Pop) considering retirement and Kawhi Leonard will be a restricted free agent. Leonard almost certain to be a Spur next season, but we could see quite a few changes in San Antonio when training camp starts in the fall.

There have been rumors that Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan will retire together, but former Spur Michael Finley thinks that Popovich may stay for one more season after Duncan retires.

While Pop and Duncan retiring together makes for the better ending to the Spurs' run, Finley thinks Popovich might stay one more season past Duncan to make sure things are on-track. "One thing I think may happen is Pop staying an extra year to make sure things are going in the right direction," Finley said. While nothing is even close to official, Popovich is just one year into a five-year deal, so Finley may be onto something here.
Source: ESPN
May 5 - 10:01 AM

The Spurs could look to deal Tiago Splitter in an effort to secure more cap space, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Tiago has two years left and $16.8 million on his contract, so the Spurs could elect to create some cap space to re-sign Kawhi Leonard and pursue other free agents (like LaMarcus Aldridge) by dealing the big man. Splitter averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 52 games this season and his fantasy value would benefit from a change of scenery where he would theoretically see more than 19.8 minutes per game.
Source: ESPN
May 5 - 9:26 AM

Kawhi Leonard hit just 13-of-44 shots over the Spurs' final three games of the first round vs. the Clippers.

Leonard also only had eight total steals in the seven-game series, and he didn't have one over the final four games. After struggling with a ligament injury in his hand earlier in the season, Leonard was brilliant down the stretch and it helped earn him Defensive Player of the Year honors. It would be shocking if Leonard's restricted free agency ended with anything except him earning a max deal to be the new face of the San Antonio Spurs.
May 4 - 9:33 AM

Danny Green said that he hopes to re-sign with the Spurs this offseason.

Green will be an unrestricted free agent, but San Antonio also has to address Kawhi Leonard's free agency as well as a potential new deal for Tim Duncan and/or Manu Ginobili. Green should get some really solid offers in free agency after averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 2.4 triples (41.8 percent) on 43.6 percent shooting overall.
May 4 - 9:31 AM

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said he has no clue whether or not he will retire after this season.

"People ask me about Tim [Duncan] and Manu [Ginobili] and myself for the last five years, what we're going to do," Popovich said. "It's all psychobabble. I have no clue. We'll probably come back. Paycheck is pretty good. You think I'm lying?" Popovich is heavily regarded as one of the best coaches the NBA has ever seen, so hopefully his time in the league isn't over just yet. The next couple of months will be huge for the future of the Spurs, so we will be sure to monitor this situation closely.
May 3 - 9:35 AM

Manu Ginobili said that he didn't want to make a decision regarding his future after a disappointing performance against the Clippers on Saturday, but he did admit that his time in the NBA could be over.

"It could happen," Ginobili said when asked if he had possibly played in his last NBA game. "I still don't know. I don't want to make a decision after being a disappointment in a game like this. So I'll have a lot of time. I will sit with my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I am ready to go at it again. I guess the Spurs are going to have to make a decision, too, and see what they want to do also." Ginobili has clearly lost a step, and he averaged just 18.7 minutes per game in the playoffs this season. If he does return for another season with the Spurs, his role could continue to get smaller, meaning he won't be a target in standard fantasy leagues next season.
May 3 - 9:26 AM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan was noncommittal when asked about possibly retiring after the Spurs lost Game 7 to the Clippers on Saturday night.

"I'm not making any statements," Duncan said. While it's hard to imagine Duncan retiring after such a remarkable performance this series, we do have to consider that he is 39 years old. Duncan also added that he could see "the light at the end of the tunnel," but it doesn't necessarily sound like he will rush into a decision. If he does decide to return to the Spurs, he will still be worthy of a mid-round selection after averaging 17.9 points, 11.1 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in the postseason. We will pass along additional updates as soon as we know more.
May 3 - 9:17 AM

Danny Green had a very impressive game during a tough 111-109 loss to the Clippers in Game 7 on Saturday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and three 3-pointers.

While he wasn't great off the ball on defense, his on-ball D was tremendous. Green was one of just six players in NBA history to average at least two blocks, one steal and one block (qualifiers for minutes) in a season. He was a fantasy monster and will be again next season. You won't be able to get him in the last few rounds this time, though. Tony Parker also had a good game tonight with 20 points, five boards, five assists and one steal.
May 2 - 11:13 PM

Kawhi Leonard scored 13 points on 5-of-13 from the field with 10 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

It wasn't his best game and he didn't do a great job defending in this series. Leonard attempted 16 shots per game in the postseason in 36 minutes per outing, which bodes well for his prospects next season. Coach Gregg Popovich kept his word last year that he'd use Kawhi more in offensive sets this season, so expect him to be a huge part of the offense next season. He's obviously a first-round target in fantasy drafts and there's really nothing wrong with grabbing him in the top five at this point.
May 2 - 11:04 PM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan played unbelievably well against the Clippers during a thrilling 111-109 loss on Saturday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

It was an amazing game to arguably the best first-round series ever. Duncan clearly has several miles left on his tires and it's hard to imagine him retiring after this season. He's 39 years old, but he might be playing until he's 45 based on how awesome he was tonight. He'll be someone to target in the middle rounds of drafts next season.
May 2 - 10:51 PM


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