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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Spurs To Sign JaMychal Green To 10-Day Contract, Cut Austin Daye

Jan 17, 2015 3:03 PM

JaMychal Green will sign a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs will waive Austin Daye to clear a roster spot for Green.

The Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers had expressed interest in Green.

Green participated in the Spurs’ training camp, but was cut on Oct. 22. Green, who played college basketball at Alabama, spent time in the off-season working with the Spurs' renowned shooting coach Chip Engelland.

Green was participating in the D-League Showcase with Austin.

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Quincy Miller Meeting With Pacers, Hawks, Thunder, Spurs

Jan 16, 2015 5:17 PM

Quincy Miller is scheduling meetings with the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs as the D-League Showcase, league sources tell RealGM

Miller is currently playing with the Reno Bighorns.

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Patty Mills Makes Season Debut Sunday After Offseason Shoulder Surgery

Dec 28, 2014 5:41 PM

Patty Mills will be available to play in the San Antonio Spurs' game on Sunday night against Houston. 

Mills has missed the first 31 games of the season after having right shoulder surgery on July 2.

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Marc Gasol Not Particularly Looking Forward To Outside Courtship Of Spurs, Knicks, Lakers, Others

Dec 26, 2014 1:04 PM

Marc Gasol admitted he is not particularly looking forward to free agency where he will likely be courted by the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and others.

"I've been already through one," he says of the summer of 2011, when as a restricted free agent he re-signed with the Grizzlies for $58 million over four years, "and I did not especially enjoy it. I don't know how I'm going to feel in July. I really don't. This is the next five years of my life and I'm going to go all in. Whatever team you play for, you've always got to feel like you represent that team, that you've got to play for it. Because that's the way we grew up in Spain. You play for the city. You play for a way of doing things. It's not about you. I do this for them. I play for the city, for the franchise or whatever. You've got to have that pride that comes with it."

The Memphis Grizzlies badly want to keep Gasol and Gasol has stated he wants to remain with the franchise.

"I'm pretty thankful for everything that happened," Gasol said.

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Leonard Receives Treatment On Hand, Could Need Surgery In Offseason

Dec 23, 2014 11:58 AM

Gregg Popovich described Kawhi Leonard's torn hand ligament as "very problematic” and disputed Leonard's notion that he will return to the San Antonio Spurs' lineup soon.

“I don’t think that’s accurate,” Popovich said.

Popovich said Leonard could need offseason surgery to facilitate a full recover. The team is unclear on his return timetable.

“I don’t know,” Popovich said. “He got another injection (on Sunday). One of the docs said he’s been doing hands for 40 years and this is the first time he’s ever seen this injury. So it’s a little bit unique.”

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

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Kawhi Leonard To Miss Some Time With Tear In Hand

Dec 19, 2014 6:33 PM

Kawhi Leonard has suffered a tear in his hand and Gregg Popovich is unsure when he'll return.

The San Antonio Spurs, however, are not overly concerned with the severity of the injury.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

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Tiago Splitter Could Return As Soon As Tuesday From Calf Injury

Dec 8, 2014 1:09 PM

Tiago Splitter could return to the San Antonio Spurs' lineup as soon as Tuesday.

Splitter has missed 17 consecutive games due to a calf injury and has played 10 minutes on the season.

Gregg Popovich termed Splitter's potential playing time at Utah on Tuesday as “quite short minutes.”

“He’s a big part of us and what we did last year,” Kawhi Leonard said. “He plays good defense, rebounds the ball and he can score well.”

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

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Popovich: Spurs' Core Guys Care About Quality Of Life, Falls Into Way They Play

Dec 4, 2014 12:41 PM

The San Antonio Spurs' run with Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan at its core has been ongoing for more than 15 years.

The Spurs have been able to keep Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili while building a high quality supporting cast around them due to their willingness to take less money.

“All these guys, the core guys, they’ve made less money in San Antonio than counterparts all across the league — people who will say they gave up that, they gave up this,” Popovich said. “But these guys have given up real money with every new contract to stay together. These guys care about quality of life, and it falls into the way they play.”

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Kawhi Leonard's Offseason Homework Was Studying Jordan's Post-Game

Dec 2, 2014 12:05 AM

Kawhi Leonard said that part of his homework in the offseason was studying tape of Michael Jordan's post-up game.

"I've been just really waiting for the opportunity to get a couple calls and take some game shots in game rhythm," said Leonard of his post-game.

Leonard tied a career-high with 26 points on Monday.

"Going forward, he's going to be a major scorer for us," said Gregg Popovich. "We're trying to loosen him up a bit, give him a bit of a green light."

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Gregg Popovich Likely To Return To Spurs Sunday From Minor Procedure
Gregg Popovich is likely to return to the Spurs' sideline for Sunday's road game against the Celtics.

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Spurs Assign Kyle Anderson To D-League
Kyle Anderson has appeared in six games this season for San Antonio, averaging 1.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest.

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Duncan Respects LeBron's Return To Cleveland, Didn't Think It Was A Possibility
The Spurs will play the Cavaliers on Wednesday for the first time since LeBron James returned to the franchise.

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Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol As Possible Tim Duncan Replacement
Marc Gasol will be the Knicks' main free agent target next offseason.

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Spurs Getting Fewer Open Catch-And-Shoot Jumpers
The Spurs are generating fewer open catch-and-shoot jumpers, as more of their shots are coming off the dribble and later in the shot clock.

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Kawhi Leonard Expects To Remain With Spurs For 'Whole Life'
Kawhi Leonard says he was never upset about not getting an extension with the Spurs.

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Popovich: We'll Never Play Better Than Games 3-5 Of 2014 Finals
On a points per 100 possessions basis, the Spurs scored 131.0 in Game 3, 127.6 in Game 4 and 116.5 in Game 5.

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Kawhi Leonard Could Deal With Blurry Eye Until Summer
Kawhi Leonard said his right eye remains blurry after a preseason bout with conjunctivitis.

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Kawhi Leonard, Spurs End Extension Talks
Sources say the Spurs want to keep Kawhi Leonard's contract off the books until they can explore free agent targets, especially since Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili could retire.

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Gasol: Picking Bulls Over Spurs, Thunder Was Most Difficult Decision Of My Life
Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls' opener against the Knicks.

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Leonard, Spurs Not Progressing On Extension As He Pursues Max Deal
Multiple league executives believe Kawhi Leonard will command a max offer sheet on the market next summer.

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Spurs Waive JaMychal Green, Edwin, Vaden
The Spurs' roster now stands at 15 heading into the regular season.

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Spurs Waive Bryce Cotton, Josh Davis
San Antonio’s roster now stands at 16 after waiving Bryce Cotton and Josh Davis.

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GMs Predict Spurs' Title, LeBron For MVP, Jabari For ROY
The Spurs received 46.2 percent of the vote on which team will win the 2015 NBA Finals.

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Kawhi Leonard To Miss Rest Of Preseason With Eye Infection
The regular season opener against the Mavericks would appear to be up in the air for Kawhi Leonard.

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Popovich Fires Back At Sarver Apologizing To Phoenix Crowd For Spurs' Absent Players
Robert Sarver grabbed a mic late in Thursday’s exhibition game to apologize to the Suns' home crowd after five Spurs players missed the game.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders
In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

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Boris Diaw Has $500,000 In Bonuses For Keeping Weight Off
Boris Diaw has a weight clause in his contract with the Spurs in which he will earn bonuses of as much as $500,000.

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Cuban Hopes To Honor Duncan, Nash, Terry If They Plan To Retire After Season
Mark Cuban said he hopes to honor Tim Duncan on March 24, the Spurs' last scheduled trip to Dallas in the regular season, if Duncan states he is retiring.

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Popovich 'Very Possible' To Continue Coaching Even After Duncan Retires
Gregg Popovich signed a contract extension with the Spurs in the offseason, which is believed to be for five more seasons

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