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LaMarcus Aldridge Dismisses Rumors, Insists He's Happy With Spurs

Oct 20, 2016 3:14 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge responded to reports he is unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs during a spot on the Jim Rome Show.

Jackie MacMullan reported this week that the Spurs could consider trading Aldridge this season as the partnership has had issues.

"I didn't buy into it," said Aldridge. I haven't heard anything about it. I talk to (Gregg Popovich) daily and he's always telling me that I'm doing great," Aldridge said. "Trying to be a more of a leader. He's put me in positions where I can be more of a leader. As long as the guys here aren't saying bad things to me. All my teammates have said nothing but great things to me."

Aldridge was asked if he's happy in San Antonio one year after choosing to sign there in free agency.

"Yeah for sure I am," said Aldridge. We made history last year. They've incorporated me into the family. Try to make me one of the big pieces.

"I'm winning. Of course I'm happy. That's why I don't buy into the rumors. I feel like I do my job here and I feel like I've done everything that they've asked. That's why I haven't bought into the rumors."

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Spurs Unlikely To Trade Core Player This Season, Could Reconsider If Out Of Title Contention

Oct 19, 2016 11:35 AM

The San Antonio Spurs denied a report that they could trade LaMarcus Aldridge this season.

Aldridge signed with the Spurs in free agency in 2015 and had an excellent season but there are questions about his fit and his willingness to defer to Kawhi Leonard.

“This is more Kawhi’s team, and we all fit around him and try to make his life easier,” Aldridge said late last season. “If I was trying to be that guy still, I probably should not have come. I’m OK trying to help Kawhi be great every night.”

Sources expect the Spurs to play this season with their current core intact but could reconsider if they don't consider themselves to be title contenders.

If the Spurs do make Aldridge available, the Phoenix Suns are expected to be a strong suitor.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Could Be Traded By Spurs This Season

Oct 18, 2016 2:04 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge signed with the San Antonio Spurs in 2015 and had a successful first season but there could be some issues that lead to him eventually being traded.

The Boston Celtics are in a position to trade for a player of Aldridge's caliber, should he become available, due to the value of the players on their roster and future picks.

"Sources were telling me the other day that LaMarcus Aldridge may not even finish the year with the Spurs. That experiment hasn't quite worked out the way they'd hoped. I think there's going to be a lot of shifting around. That (Nets) pick is going to be very, very valuable."

Macmullen was asked if she thinks the Celtics should trade for him if possible.

"No, not after what I heard the other day," said Macmullen laughing. "No, of course, you would take him on if you could because he's an automatic double-double but there's some stuff going on maybe."

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Spurs Hire Chris Grant As Team Scout

Oct 14, 2016 7:46 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have hired Chris Grant as a team scout.

Grant has not held a position in the NBA since he was fired as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers in February of 2014.

Grant is responsible for the drafting of point guard Kyrie Irving and center Tristan Thompson with the Nos. 1 and 4 overall picks in the 2011 NBA draft.

Grant worked under Danny Ferry with the Cavs, who has strong ties to the Spurs.


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Tony Parker Accepting Evolving Role With Spurs

Oct 10, 2016 1:39 PM

The San Antonio Spurs want Tony Parker to evolve into more of a facilitator this season.

Parker's game has been built on being a scoring point guard but he'll know work to setup LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.

"It's been great," Parker said of his changing role. "I love my role, and I'll try to do the best I can this year to keep winning games. You know, we won 67 games last year. We’ll try to do the same thing and go further in the playoffs. As long as [Gregg Popovich] is happy, that’s my main job here. I don’t care if people don’t understand my role or all this stuff I have to do now.”

“He’s done that more and more,” Popovich said. “He’s done a great job, just like David [Robinson] did for Tim [Duncan] and Tim did for Manu [Ginobili] and Tony. Now they’re realizing the ball needs to go in different places, and Tony is finding out he’s pretty darned skilled at it. He’s been really great in practice at finding open people.”

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Danny Green Underwent LASIK Surgery, Hopes Three-Point Shooting Bounces Back

Oct 5, 2016 6:58 PM

Danny Green underwent LASIK eye surgery shortly after the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs.

"My eyesight wasn't that bad to begin with," Green said.

Green shot just 30.1 percent from three-point range during the 2015 calendar year.

"I'm not gonna say it was [vision issues]," Green said. "I got the procedure done, [and] it helps. But that wasn't the reason why I was shooting poorly. Some seasons, you have good ones. Sometimes, you have bad ones. Sometimes, it's due to adjusting to chemistry. Sometimes it's due to injury. Sometimes, you just don't shoot it well. Sometimes, it's mental.

"For me, it's just really building that confidence back up mentally, physically staying healthy, fitting into this system and jelling with these guys as fast as possible so that I'm adjusted well, and can pick and choose my spots so I don't shoot as poorly as I did last year."

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Spurs Release Ryan Richards

Sep 29, 2016 12:09 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have released Ryan Richards.

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

The Spurs' camp roster now stands at 19.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

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Tim Duncan At Spurs' Practice As Post-Playing Life Evolving

Sep 29, 2016 11:04 AM

Tim Duncan made an appearance at the San Antonio Spurs' training camp workout on Wednesday.

Duncan's role within the franchise remains unclear now that he's retired.

"When I got done arguing with him about why he's been fined for not showing up the last few days, we got that out of the way first. Most people under contract are required to show up for their jobs," Gregg Popovich said jokingly. "He said he didn't have a contract. But I told him I thought we had a verbal contract, and I thought that was just as good as written. We're having a tough time right now, the two of us, trying to get him straight. He's always been tough to manage, especially so now that he's retired."

Duncan served as a spectator as the club scrimmaged Wednesday and could be seen conversing with former teammates as they took part in an after-practice shootaround.

Popovich mentioned Monday that Duncan would remain involved with the team and joked that he would be "the coach of whatever he feels like." Popovich said there is no room for Duncan on the bench during game situations and joked that he's "too smart for that" anyway.

Like Popovich, R.C. Buford said Duncan's role will be "whatever he decides it to be." But first, the Spurs would like Duncan to adjust to life after basketball, while finding the niche in which he's most comfortable.

"I think he's learning about life after playing," Buford said. "And he can impact us in so many ways. I think we need to sit back and get a better understanding of how he feels like he wants to fit in and what works for his family. Then we'll figure it out from there. But the gym feels better when he's in it."

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R.C. Buford Acknowledges Transition Period Approaching Spurs

Sep 28, 2016 9:07 PM

R.C. Buford and the San Antonio Spurs lost Tim Duncan to retirement to headline an offseason with a considerable amount of roster turnover.

“It was a lonely summer,” he said. “I thought I must have made somebody mad. But I’m excited about our new group. We’ve got some really terrific people who have joined our organization and there’s a great opportunity to grow together.”

Buford and the Spurs did re-sign Manu Ginobili to a one-year, $14 million deal.

“To have had to replace them both at the same time would have been even more impactful than when each one decides to leave as individuals,” Buford said. “I don’t know how you judge that or gauge that other than that we know there is a transition approaching for our organization and it will be better if it’s a more managed transition than if it all happens at the same time.”

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

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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
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
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Spurs Hire Phil Cullen, Pat Sund, Nick Repole, Landry Fields
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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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Monty Williams Joins Spurs As VP Of Basketball Operations
Monty Williams returns to San Antonio for his second stint with the Spurs.

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

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Ryan Richards Agrees To Camp Deal With Spurs
The Spurs own Ryan Richards' NBA draft rights.

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Pau Gasol Now Less Likely To Finish Career With Barcelona
Pau Gasol said the odds of him finishing his career with Barcelona have been reduced as he continues his NBA career into his late 30s.

Nicolas Laprovittola To Sign Camp Deal With Spurs
Nicolas Laprovittola most recently played professionally for the Spanish club CB Estudiantes.

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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.

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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
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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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