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Bryn Forbes Assigned By Spurs To D-League

Dec 27, 2016 8:14 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned guard Bryn Forbes to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

In five appearances with Austin, Forbes is averaging 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 34.5 minutes, shooting .531 (34-64) from the field and .593 (16-27) from beyond the arc.

The first-year guard has appeared in 13 games for San Antonio this season.

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Spurs Waive Nico Laprovittola

Dec 27, 2016 8:01 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have waived Nico Laprovittola.

Laprovittola, who was in his first season with the Spurs, was signed as a free agent on Sept. 26, 2016. He saw action in 18 games for the Spurs, averaging 3.3 points and 1.6 assists in 9.7 minutes.

Laprovittola played for Lietuvos Rytas last season.

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Kawhi Leonard Still Figuring Out Nuances Of Being Go-To Scorer

Dec 7, 2016 11:10 AM

Kawhi Leonard has scored 30 or more points on six different occasions so far this season compared to just four 30-point games over the first five seasons of his career.

"By this point in his career, he's a confident player," Gregg Popovich said. "He knows he has a green light. We call his number now and then, but he does a lot of this stuff on his own, and he's getting pretty good at pick-and-roll. So he just advances his game every year a little bit in some different fashion, and tonight he did the same thing: pulled up, knocked down a couple 3s. He just has confidence that they're going to go. Special, special young man."

"We're gonna keep going to him, and he knows that, too," Danny Green said. "I guess at the beginning of the game, he kinds of finds a rhythm or kind of finds out what kind of night it's gonna be to adjust to what he needs to do, how the defense is playing. He's done a good job of that, pacing himself, not forcing it, kind of getting others involved at the same time, kind of keeping the defense off balance, keeping them honest; not just looking to score every time, but facilitating as well."

Despite the green light and big role within the San Antonio Spurs' offense, Leonard is still navigating the freedom.

"I'm still trying to get my teammates involved more," Leonard said. "Having a green light doesn't mean you just shoot every possession. You just get the defense drawn to you, two guys, and pass it to the open man. I'm just learning through the double-teams, through people forcing me a certain way and help being there. Just still a process for me."

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Tony Parker Could Miss Extended Time With Knee Injury

Dec 6, 2016 2:48 PM

Tony Parker has suffered a knee injury and could be out an extended period of time.

Parker had started on Monday after missing the previous two games with a thigh contusion.

Parker is averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists in his 16th season.

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Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas

Dec 6, 2016 11:29 AM

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs walked away from the 2011 NBA Draft with Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard, but both teams were looking to trade into the top-5 to select Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas fell to the Toronto Raptors at No. 5 as he wasn't planning on coming over to the NBA for one more season.

Bob Myers suspected the Spurs' Plan B in trading up ahead of the Warriors at No. 11 was to select Thompson, the player they were targeting with their lottery pick.

The Milwaukee Bucks also liked Thompson and they were picking 10th, but they moved out of the spot following a trade with the Sacramento Kings, who wanted Jimmer Fredette.

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard 'Getting Paid To Do Both' Offense, Defense

Nov 27, 2016 7:53 PM

Kawhi Leonard is averaging over 25 points per game with a usage rate over 30 this season as he's continued to take on a bigger role within the San Antonio Spurs' offense.

Despite the increase in his role on offense, Leonard remains one of the NBA's best defensive players.

"He’s done it for us the entire time he’s been there," Gregg Popovich said. "At the offensive end, I think our players get less minutes than other players at those positions if I’m not mistaken. I don’t think he’s ever going to be worn out. I’m not going to play him like Latrell Sprewell. The bottom line is that he’s getting paid to do both. So get your ass out there and do both, if you want to know the truth. If you don’t want to do both then we’ll pay you $4 million."

The Spurs initially wanted Leonard to be a bigger version of Bruce Bowen.

"We’d be exaggerating if we said we knew what he was going to be," Popovich said. "Kind of like Manu (Ginobili). Or Tony (Parker). It just worked out for us. We needed size when we made that trade. Kawhi had such size and we thought he had the foot speed to move from an inside player to the three position. So we decided to roll the bones and found out that he’s got the same attitude that Tim Duncan had. He comes early, he stays late, he wants to be great. He’s just a sponge."

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Spurs To Retire Tim Duncan's Jersey On Dec. 18th

Nov 16, 2016 11:35 AM

The San Antonio Spurs will retire Tim Duncan’s No. 21 jersey on Sunday, Dec. 18 when the Silver and Black host the New Orleans Pelicans at 6 p.m. CST. A special postgame ceremony honoring Duncan will take place on the AT&T Center floor.

Duncan will become the eighth Spurs player in franchise history to have his number raised to the rafters, joining Bruce Bowen (12), Sean Elliott (32), George Gervin (44), Avery Johnson (6), Johnny Moore (00), David Robinson (50) and James Silas (13).

Originally selected by the Spurs as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan guided San Antonio to five NBA championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular-season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over that time. He helped the Spurs reach the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons and became the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades. The Silver and Black won at least 50 games in his last 17 seasons, the longest streak in league history, and posted at least a .600 winning percentage in each of Duncan’s 19 seasons, an all-time record for most consecutive seasons with a .600 win percentage in the four major U.S. sports.

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Spurs Assign Davis Bertans, Bryn Forbes, Dejounte Murray

Nov 13, 2016 7:02 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned Davis Bertans, Bryn Forbes and Dejounte Murray to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

Bertans has appeared in seven games with San Antonio, averaging 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.9 minutes.

Forbes has seen action in six games for the Silver and Black, averaging 1.2 points in 6.2 minutes.

Murray has played in five games with San Antonio, averaging 1.6 points in 4.4 minutes.

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Tony Parker Out One Week With Sore Right Knee

Nov 5, 2016 6:58 PM

Tony Parker will be “out for a week or so” with the sore right knee.

Parker is averaging a sub-par 5.5 points and 4.0 assists per game after posting averages of 11.9 points and 5.3 assists over 72 games last season.

“I think he will be out for a week or so, and that will be it,” Popovich said. “He hurt his knee against Golden State (in the season opener on Oct. 25). He hyper-extended it and it’s just bruised basically, so we are giving him time to heal.”

The Spurs will start Patty Mills in the absence of Parker.

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Spurs Assign Dejounte Murray To D-League

Nov 2, 2016 4:07 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned Dejounte Murray to the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Murray was the Spurs' first round pick out of Washington.

Murray has only played briefly so far this season.

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi/Hill Trade 'Good For Both Teams'
The Pacers traded George Hill to the Jazz this offseason after he helped them reach two Eastern Conference Finals.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Insists He's Happy With Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge chose to sign with the Spurs just one summer ago.

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Kawhi Leonard Still Preferring Championship Over MVP
Kawhi Leonard was asked whether he is shooting for an MVP this season as he continues to take on a bigger role with the Spurs.

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Ryan Arcidiacono To Join Austin Spurs
In addition to Ryan Arcidiacono, the Spurs are hopeful Patricio Garino and Livio Jean-Charles will also join the team.

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Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Now 'More Confident, More Aggressive, More Hungry To Score'
Kawhi Leonard has become a much better player on offense over the past few seasons.

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Danny Green Out Three Weeks With Quad Strain
Danny Green is coming off a season in which his three-point shooting dropped from 41.8 percent to 33.2 percent.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Dismisses Rumors, Insists He's Happy With Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge responded to reports he is unhappy with the Spurs.

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Spurs Unlikely To Trade Core Player This Season, Could Reconsider If Out Of Title Contention
The Spurs denied a report that they could trade LaMarcus Aldridge this season.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Could Be Traded By Spurs This Season
Jackie MacMullan hinted at possible issues going on with LaMarcus Aldridge that could lead the Spurs to trade him.

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Spurs Hire Chris Grant As Team Scout
Chris Grant has not held a position in the NBA since he was fired as general manager of the Cavaliers in February of 2014.

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Tony Parker Accepting Evolving Role With Spurs
The Spurs want Tony Parker to evolve into more of a facilitator this season.

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Danny Green Underwent LASIK Surgery, Hopes Three-Point Shooting Bounces Back
Danny Green shot just 30.1 percent from three-point range during the 2015 calendar year.

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Spurs Release Ryan Richards
Ryan Richards was drafted in the second round by the Spurs in 2010.

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Tim Duncan At Spurs' Practice As Post-Playing Life Evolving
The Spurs would like Tim Duncan to adjust to life after basketball, while finding the niche in which he's most comfortable.

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R.C. Buford Acknowledges Transition Period Approaching Spurs
R.C. Buford and the Spurs lost Tim Duncan to retirement to headline an offseason with a considerable amount of roster turnover.

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks
Host Danny Leroux, Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated and Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer break down the Southwest Division.

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Matt Bonner 'Fighting' To Continue NBA Career
Matt Bonner wants to continue his playing career this season despite remaining a free agent.

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Joel Anthony, Spurs Finalizing Camp Deal
Joel Anthony spent the past two seasons with the Pistons, then waived him in July before signing Boban Marjanovic.

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Spurs Hire Phil Cullen, Pat Sund, Nick Repole, Landry Fields
The Spurs have hired Phil Cullen as director of basketball strategy and Pat Sund has been named pro personnel scout/Austin Spurs assistant general manager.

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Spurs Hire Brian Wright As Assistant GM
Brian Wright joins the Spurs after spending the past two seasons as the Pistons assistant general manager.

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