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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks

Sep 24, 2016 12:14 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated (@RobMahoney) and Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer (@JonathanTjarks) break down the Southwest Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (9:06), choose the Southwest’s best newcomer (32:09) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (39:13).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (45:39), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Central (50:31), choose breakout players (59:46) and much more.


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Matt Bonner 'Fighting' To Continue NBA Career

Sep 20, 2016 12:58 PM

Matt Bonner wants to continue his playing career this season despite remaining a free agent.

“I’m going to fight to get into the league,” Bonner told the Concord Monitor. “I’m going to fight to play one more year.”

Bonner is 36 and his goal has always been to play until he's 40.

“There’s been interest, but nothing concrete,” Bonner said. “A lot of teams are like, ‘We like Matt, we just don’t have a roster space right now, but if anything changes, he’s in the mix.’ There’s a long way to go until opening night, so I’m remaining optimistic.”

Bonner is unlikely to re-sign with the Spurs regardless.

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Joel Anthony, Spurs Finalizing Camp Deal

Sep 19, 2016 5:45 PM

Joel Anthony and the San Antonio Spurs are finalizing a training camp deal.

Anthony spent the past two seasons with the Detroit Pistons, then waived him in July before signing Boban Marjanovic.

Anthony adds more veteran frontcourt depth for the Spurs, who will enter camp with LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Dewayne Dedmon, and David Lee as the only other experienced big men on the roster.

Anthony has averaged 2.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in nine seasons, including stints with Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.

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Spurs Hire Phil Cullen, Pat Sund, Nick Repole, Landry Fields

Sep 16, 2016 4:02 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have hired Phil Cullen as director of basketball strategy and Pat Sund has been named pro personnel scout/Austin Spurs assistant general manager.

Nick Repole joins the Spurs as director of basketball of basketball information systems while Landry Fields has been named a college scout.

Cullen joins the Spurs after spending the past four seasons at the University of Utah where he served as the team’s director of basketball operations during the 2015-16 season.  Prior to that, Cullen spent three seasons as the Utes director of player development and camps, following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon University.

Sund has signed on with the Spurs after having spent the past seven seasons with the Golden State Warriors organization, including the last two as associate general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors and manager of scouting for Golden State. Sund originally joined the organization as a basketball operations assistant prior to the 2009-10 campaign after graduating from Indiana University with a degree in sports marketing and management.  

Repole comes to San Antonio from the Charlotte Hornets, where he served as the basketball operations systems developer and quantitative analyst for the past two seasons. Prior to joining the Hornets, the University of Michigan graduate was an associate product development specialist for Eagle Investment Systems.

Fields joins the Spurs after a five-year NBA playing career. An All-Rookie First Team Selection in 2011, Fields averaged 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 23.6 minutes in 255 career games with the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors.

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Spurs Hire Brian Wright As Assistant GM

Sep 16, 2016 3:59 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have hired Brian Wright as assistant general manager.

Wright joins the Spurs after spending the past two seasons as the Detroit Pistons assistant general manager.

Prior to his stint with the Pistons, Wright spent eight seasons with the Orlando Magic, serving as the director of college scouting in his final season. Wright began his career with the Magic as a summer intern in 2006 and was hired as the scouting coordinator prior to the 2006-07 season. He also served as scouting manager and spent the 2012-13 season as the team scouting/player development manager. Wright attended graduate school at the University of Central Florida, earning an MBA and master’s in sports business management from the DeVos Sports Business Management Program.

Prior to his time at UCF, he played basketball at La Sierra University.

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Monty Williams Joins Spurs As VP Of Basketball Operations

Sep 16, 2016 3:52 PM

Monty Williams has been hired by the San Antonio Spurs has vice president of basketball operations.

Williams returns to San Antonio for his second stint with the Spurs. After a nine-year NBA playing career, including two-plus seasons with the Spurs, Williams got his start in the front office and coaching while serving as a coaching intern during the 2004-05 campaign.

Last season, Williams served as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder until the passing of his wife. 

Prior to joining the Thunder he was the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans from 2010-2015, guiding the Pelicans to the postseason twice. Before his time in New Orleans, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach on the Portland Trail Blazers’ bench. In 2013, he was named an assistant coach for the 2013-16 USA Basketball Men’s National Team. He earned a degree from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, majoring in communications and theatre.

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Gregg Popovich: Spurs Will Have Same Culture, Same Philosophy Without Tim Duncan

Sep 15, 2016 11:02 AM

Gregg Popovich will have to adjust this season to not having one of the greatest power forwards of all-time in his lineup with the San Antonio Spurs.

“He’s gone,” Popovich said this week. “I’ve put it out of my mind.”

The Spurs signed Pau Gasol to help replace Duncan.

“Same culture, same philosophy,” Popovich said. “I only know what I know. We’ll hang our hat on defense. We just don’t have the greatest power forward of all-time playing for us anymore.”

Popovich told Duncan to stick around the team as much as he wants.

“If he wants to go on a scouting trip, fine. 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.”

One anecdote that captures the nature of Popovich's relationship with Duncan is how he would order a small carrot cake to go when he was eating out on road trips to leave at Duncan's hotel door knowing how much he loved that dessert. 


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Ryan Richards Agrees To Camp Deal With Spurs

Sep 12, 2016 12:02 PM

Ryan Richards has agreed to a camp deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs own Richards' NBA draft rights.

Richards played for the Spurs in Summer League in 2012 and 2013.

Richards has since played overseas in various countries such as Lebanon and Austria.

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Pau Gasol Now Less Likely To Finish Career With Barcelona

Sep 8, 2016 2:49 PM

Pau Gasol signed with the San Antonio Spurs this offseason on a two-year, $30 million deal. Gasol also considered signing with the Spurs in 2014 but instead chose the Chicago Bulls.

“Two years ago I declined the option of going to the Spurs," said Gasol. "Now it was the right time to go to San Antonio. (Gregg) Popovich has he 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.”

Gasol also said the odds of him finishing his career with Barcelona have been reduced as he continues his NBA career into his late 30s.

“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.”

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Nicolas Laprovittola To Sign Camp Deal With Spurs

Sep 2, 2016 6:32 PM

Nicolas Laprovittola will sign a camp deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

Laprovittola most recently played professionally for the Spanish club CB Estudiantes. 

Laprovittola is a 6'4 point guard who played for Argentina alongside Manu Ginobili in the Olympics.

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Cavs-Knicks, Warriors-Spurs Featured On 16-17 Opening Night
The Cavs also hosted the Knicks in LeBron James' first game back in 2014.

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Matt Bonner Still Looking For Deal, Unlikely To Re-Sign With Spurs
Matt Bonner has spent 10 seasons with the Spurs.

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Monty Williams Expected To Take Job With Spurs
San Antonio has opened the door to Monty Williams to either a coaching and player-development role or a front-office position, or possibly a hybrid job.

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David Lee Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Spurs
The second year of the deal is a player option for David Lee.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Manu Ginobili Found 76ers' Pitch Appealing Due To Brett Brown, Size Of Offer
Philadelphia was offering a two-year contract offer that guaranteed in the first season five times more than the Spurs.

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Spurs Hire Brian Wright From Pistons As Assistant GM
The Spurs have lost Sean Marks to the Nets and Scott Layden to the Timberwolves so far in 2016.

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Manu Ginobili Agrees To One-Year, $14M Deal With Spurs
The Spurs can go over the cap to re-sign Manu Ginobili as they own his full Bird Rights.

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Manu Ginobili Discussing One-Year, $10M Deal With Spurs
The Spurs must use up all of their cap space before exceeding the cap to re-sign Manu Ginobili.

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Tim Duncan Waived By Spurs
The Spurs needed to clear Tim Duncan's salary to create cap space for their free agent moves.

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Jason Kidd Regrets Not Signing With Spurs In 2003
Jason Kidd and the Nets were coming off two straight appearances in the Finals and only met with the Spurs in free agency.

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Tim Duncan Announces Retirement After 19 Years With Spurs
Tim Duncan helped lead the Spurs to five NBA championships with a .710 winning percentage in the regular season.

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Manu Ginobili Agrees To One-Year Deal With Spurs
Manu Ginobili's agent said he turned down a "very serious, big offer" from another team to remain with the Spurs.

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Dewayne Dedmon, Spurs Agree Upon Two-Year, $6M Deal
The Magic rescinded their qualifying offer to Dewayne Dedmon to allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

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Boban Marjanovic Agrees To Three-Year, $21M Offer Sheet With Pistons
Boban Marjanovic emerged this season as a rookie with the San Antonio Spurs, posting some of the NBA's most impressive per minute stats.

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Ray Allen Considering NBA Return, Reaches Out To Cavs, Warriors
Ray Allen would also consider playing for the Spurs and Clippers.

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Jazz Acquire Boris Diaw In Trade With Spurs
The Spurs needed to clear cap space in order to sign Pau Gasol.

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Spurs Working On Boris Diaw Trade
The Spurs will have to clear cap space to sign Pau Gasol and Boris Diaw is the most probable candidate.

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Pau Gasol Agrees Upon Two-Year, $30M Deal With Spurs
Pau Gasol has been weighing several competitive offers but he was waiting on the Spurs and their pursuit of Kevin Durant.

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Tim Duncan 'Leaning Strongly' Towards Retirement
Tim Duncan recently elected to exercise the $5.6 million player option on his 2016-17 contract.

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Kevin Durant Announces He'll Sign With Warriors
Kevin Durant took meetings with the Thunder, Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat.

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