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Kawhi, Draymond, Tony Allen, Jordan, Paul Headline All-Defensive Team

May 20, 2015 2:18 PM

Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Leonard, Green and Jordan are all on the First Team for the first time in their career.

On the All-Defensive Second Team are Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Bogut, John Wall and Tim Duncan.

Rudy Gobert headlined the list of players also receiving votes along with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley.

Leonard received 116 of 129 first team votes, followed by Green with 107 and Tony Allen with 88.

Bogut receives a $1.945 million bonus for being included on the Second Team.

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Tags: Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Allen, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Award

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Marc Gasol Expected To Receive Free Agency Pitch From Spurs, Lakers, Knicks, Mavs

May 19, 2015 1:42 PM

The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks all are developing proposals to present to Marc Gasol on July 1, according sources.

Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 blocks while shooting 49.4 percent from the field in 81 games this season.

"He's the best player at his position in the league," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. "You make preparations if it goes in a direction you're not happy about. You're not going to lose sleep at night. It's not going to do any good. He's going to do what he's going to do. Not in the next two weeks are we going to send him a big thing of flowers and it's going to change his mind. [By then], the cement is dry.

"We'll make our last, 'Hey, this is what's important to us. What's important to you?' Things of that nature. But I've got to think his mind is 99 percent made up."

Michael Wallace/ESPN

Tags: Marc Gasol, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Expected To Prioritize LaMarcus Aldridge Over Marc Gasol

May 18, 2015 5:13 PM

While the San Antonio Spurs will certainly pursue Marc Gasol, they're expected to initially focus on LaMarcus Aldridge.

The plans of Marc Gasol remain a mystery to even those closest to him, while there's been several indications that Aldridge will at least strongly consider leaving the Portland Trail Blazers.

Gasol and Aldridge have each spent their entire career with the Grizzlies and Blazers respectively.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Antonio Daniels Believes Tim Duncan Will Return For 19th Season

May 8, 2015 12:14 PM

Tim Duncan is believed to be leaning toward a return for his 19th season with the San Antonio Spurs, according to one person familiar with him.

“I would be very surprised if he retired,” said Antonio Daniels, Duncan’s friend and former teammate with the Spurs. “As long as he’s staying at a level where he feels like he’s relevant and competing, I can’t see it.”

Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and nearly two blocks this season. He had 27 points and 11 rebounds in the Spurs' loss in Game 7 in the first round.

“I continue to be amazed by Tim Duncan,” Gregg Popovich said. “He was our most consistent player in the playoffs, at 39. He needed a little more help, and I feel badly he didn’t get it. It wasn’t for a lack of trying.

“To watch him is pretty spectacular, in itself.”

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Tim Duncan, Antonio Daniels, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Manu Ginobili Will Be Patient In Making Decision On 15-16

May 6, 2015 12:36 PM

Manu Ginobili will wait at least a month to make his decision on whether to continue his playing career.

“I know many are awaiting what will happen with my career. The truth is that I am grateful for all the words of appreciation and affection. While I am not someone who usually reads them, I saw nice comments that make you feel good. They can tell you to play one more year, you’re still good … but it’s beyond that. It’s how you feel or how much it costs to get ready to go to each of the cities or play five games in a week. Or play 85 games in 165 days. So it’s a time of uncertainty.

“I’ll wait for this month and see how I feel. If I feel like a former player or not. I begin to wonder if or how my body will feel. It is a unique moment, I’ve never been in this situation. I thought about retiring briefly in 2013, but after a week or 10 days I knew I wanted to take another challenge. Now let’s see. Maybe now is the same or more difficult for me and I have to wait longer. So I’ll see calmly what I want do, because there are decisions you can’t rush.

“Today I do not feel that there is a right decision, whatever it may be. You never know if it’s good or not. Because it is a unique situation, because no one can tell you what to do. Because yes, there are a lot of former players who went through this time and so on, but each has its experience with different family moments, with particular physical realities. To stop doing what you did 100% of your adult life is a unique moment, which gives a lot of uncertainty. At times I think it’s time and others not. I have many more questions, so I want to give a time.”

Ginobili said his decision could be made in part on what happens with Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan.

“The truth is that if the franchise had said they did not want me or it was time to rebuild and wanted a younger team, I would have greatly facilitated the task. If there is another coach, Tim retires, Tony (Parker) does not play anymore, that would change the situation. I understand it’s time to retool, and understandably so. But if Pop continues and Tim can follow, everything is different. I guess we’ll have a little talk with Tim, who seems to be on the same ledge as me.We’ll see where the wind blows.”

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ettore Messina Interested In NBA Head Coaching Opportunities

May 6, 2015 12:25 PM

Ettore Messina told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he is interested in becoming a head coach in the NBA.

Messina is currently an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs after a lengthy career as a head coach in Europe.

“I am seriously thinking about that but I’d ask first (Gregg Popovich) and (RC) Buford for advice," said Messina. "At the same time I am very happy with the Spurs. I have two years left on my contract with the Spurs. Maybe I finish my contract and I will go back home peacefully” said Messina who had some interviews with the Hawks before they hired Mike Budenholzer. “I made all the interviews with their GM Danny Ferry who showed a big interest in me. Then they rightly hired Mike Budenholzer who comes from Spurs’ school."

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Spurs Expect To Make Considerable Roster Changes In Offseason

May 4, 2015 11:58 PM

Gregg Popovich expects the San Antonio Spurs to have a different look next season, as the team will have free agents in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and others.

"We’ve got a pretty good number of free agents," Popovich said, "so with R.C. [Buford] and the coaches and the group we’ve talked about what we want to do going forward with the makeup of the team but 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.

“We want to try to start — not exactly over again — but these last four seasons have been a grind and we put the team together with that in mind, that this year we’d have all the free agents so we can decide what we want to do moving forward, as far as the makeup of the team. So we’ll spend a lot of time on that but as far as if guys are retiring or not we haven’t touched that.”

Duncan and Ginobili have said they are undecided on their playing futures.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

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Danny Green Hopes To Return To Spurs With Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili

May 4, 2015 2:38 PM

Danny Green will become a free agent in July along with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, but he hopes to return to the San Antonio Spurs.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet, but this is a special group,” Green said. “That’s why it sucks so bad, especially for Timmy (Duncan) and Manu (Ginobili). We had an opportunity to do something special for them. All I can do is hope and pray for another group like that in the future, but I have a feeling some of those guys will be back. R.C. and Pop do a great job of bringing in new guys.”

Green scored 16 points in the Spurs' season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7.

“Hopefully, I’ll be back,” he said. “I love San Antonio. The fans have always supported us, from day one. It sucks that we had such a special group, and things may be changing and not be the same again.”

Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Danny Green, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Will Have $23M In Cap Space

May 4, 2015 12:57 PM

The San Antonio Spurs will have approximately $23 million in cap space this summer.

The Spurs have Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson on the books for a total of about $34.2 million for 2015-16, plus Kawhi Leonard will have a cap hold of $7.2 million until he signs his new contract.

By waiting until this offseason to sign Leonard to a long-term contract, the Spurs have significantly more cap space.

But the level of flexibility the Spurs will have to use that cap space will be determined in large part to what happens with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.

The Spurs also have the free agency of Danny Green to consider.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol are the Spurs' two probable targets in free agency.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

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Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili Undecided On Possible Retirement

May 3, 2015 1:52 PM

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili said they would not be rushing into a decision regarding their respective futures.

"I'm not making any statements," Duncan said.

"It's not a topic to talk about. It's too soon," Ginobili said.

The San Antonio Spurs' season ended on Saturday in a 111-109 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Ginobili acknowledged Game 7 could be his last.

"It could happen," Ginobili said. "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."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Believed To Have Strongest Interest In Spurs
Another possible scenario for LaMarcus Aldridge would be to replace Kevin Love with the Cavaliers should he leave in free agency.

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Doc Rivers Calls Clippers-Spurs His Hardest Playoff Series 'By Far'
Doc Rivers has faced the Cavaliers and Heat with LeBron James as a head coach, as well as twice meeting Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals.

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Tim Duncan Enjoys This Season More As Career 'Winding Down'
Doc Rivers criticized the officiating after Game 5 but changed his tone when discussing Tim Duncan.

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Kawhi Leonard Doesn't Expect To Pursue Offer Sheet Beyond Spurs
For now, there's no scenario where Kawhi Leonard plans to pursue offer sheets on the market, according to sources.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Thunder Considering Ettore Messina As Head Coach Candidate
Ettore Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the Spurs.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tony Parker Optimistic Achilles Will Be Okay For Game 3
Tony Parker said the injury was the same as that which he suffered in a game in Oklahoma City on April 7.

Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers
The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard Wins Defensive Player Of The Year
Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan.

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Spurs Unworried About Cap Ramifications To Re-Sign Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs have a mutual interest to sign a new contract.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Doc Rivers: Players Want To Be Like Mike, Coaches Want To Be Like Pop
Doc Rivers nearly replaced Gregg Popovich as head coach of the Spurs in 1999.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups
Anthony Davis will be making his first appearance in the playoffs.

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Manu Ginobili Expects To Retire By 2016
Manu Ginobili does not expect to continue playing beyond the 15-16 season.

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Celtics Could Pursue Offer Sheet With Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and will receive interest for contract offer sheets.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol If Duncan, Ginobili Retire
Marc Gasol would likely only leave the Grizzlies for a team that gives him a better shot at a championship.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tim Duncan Suffers Hyperextended Elbow, Not Believed To Be Serious
Tim Duncan has worn a wrap on the elbow for much of this season.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Warriors, Mavs, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, Bulls Interested In JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee and the Celtics were unable to close a deal on a contract on Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Gregg Popovich Strongly Opposed To July Finals
Gregg Popovich believes "life's too short" for the NBA season to extend to July.

Fran Blinebury/NBA.com

Tony Parker Plans On Playing In Eurobasket 2015
Tony Parker took last summer off after winning the 2014 NBA Finals with the Spurs.

Jeff Garcia/Project Spurs

Kyle Anderson Named D-League Player Of The Month
For the month, Kyle Anderson averaged 22.8 points to go with 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

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76ers Waive JaVale McGee, Allowed To Sign With Playoff Team
JaVale McGee did not have to give any money back to become a free agent.

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