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Spurs Assign Kyle Anderson To D-League

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned forward Kyle Anderson to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

This will mark Anderson’s first assignment to Austin this season.

The former UCLA Bruin has appeared in six games this season for San Antonio, averaging 1.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Duncan Respects LeBron's Return To Cleveland, Didn't Think It Was A Possibility

The San Antonio Spurs will play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday for the first time since LeBron James returned to the franchise.

“I didn’t even think that was a possibility,” Tim Duncan said of James’ return to Cleveland. “But I respect the fact that he actually did that. He went back home and is trying to do something there, and trying to put a team together and trying to win a championship.

“Honestly I haven’t seen too much of it. Obviously they’re very impressive talent-wise, top to bottom. They have a bunch of all-stars, a bunch of very good players and it’s just about meshing and chemistry right now. Hopefully they don’t find it any time soon.”

The Spurs have faced a James' team three separate times in the Finals.

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol As Possible Tim Duncan Replacement

Marc Gasol will be the New York Knicks' main free agent target next offseason, but the San Antonio Spurs will pursue Gasol assuming Tim Duncan retires after the season.

Gasol is also appealed by staying with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies can offer Gasol the most money, and he has grown to love the city, having lived there since high school when Pau Gasol broke into the NBA.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Spurs Getting Fewer Open Catch-And-Shoot Jumpers

The San Antonio Spurs rank 29th in points per possession on offense to begin the season, which is shocking considering how dominant they were last season and in the Finals against the Miami Heat.

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. San Antonio is also shooting fewer corner 3s.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Kawhi Leonard Expects To Remain With Spurs For 'Whole Life'

Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs were unable to agree upon a long-term extension before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Leonard will become a restricted free agent in the 2015 offseason.

Leonard had a career-high 28 points in the Spurs' 89-85 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We ran more plays for him tonight than I ever have in his career," Popovich said afterward. "That's the plan. We've got to start giving him the ball. You know, he's the future. I don't think Timmy (Duncan) and Manu (Ginobili) are going to play any more than maybe six or seven more years. So we've got to let somebody else do something."

The Spurs' motivation for waiting on Leonard's extension is to pursue free agents should Tim Duncan retire.

"I was never upset about (the extension)," Leonard said. "I mean they explained to me what their deal is and why they didn't do it yet. That'll play out. I'm just here to play basketball and have fun and try to win another championship. If I think about that, then I'm not going to be the same player that I am and will be just out of it.

"I can't be impatient. It would show on the floor, and I won't compete if I'm thinking about getting the ball. I'm just going out there to do my role, the same role — defense first and then see how the ball turns out on the offensive end."

Leonard expects to remains with the Spurs.

"I don't think I'm going anywhere," Leonard said. "I mean they love me here. I like the organization, and if it was up to me, I want to finish out with one team like a lot of great players have done, to stay with one organization their whole career and just be loyal to that. You never know. We'll see what happens next summer, but I'm pretty sure I'll be in a Spurs jersey for my whole life."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Popovich: We'll Never Play Better Than Games 3-5 Of 2014 Finals

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in five games in the 2014 NBA Finals, playing especially well in Games 3, 4 and 5.

"We'll never play better than we did the last three games of the Finals," said Gregg Popovich.

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. The Spurs also scored 119.5 points per 100 possessions in their Game 1 win and 110.1 points per possession in their Game 2 loss.

Via Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Kawhi Leonard Could Deal With Blurry Eye Until Summer

Kawhi Leonard has shot 7 for 26 in his first three games and started 2-for-8 against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. 

Leonard ended up 5 for 13 with 14 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, but missed two shots on the Spurs’ final possession that could have given them the game. Leonard said his right eye remains blurry after a preseason bout with conjunctivitis, which doctors have told him will simply correct itself and that there is nothing they can do.

“My right eye, the vision’s not all the way back yet,” Leonard said. “Hopefully I can heal up soon. I’ve just got to keep competing so I can get used to it and get my rhythm going.”

Leonard admitted he could deal with the issue for a while, even late into the season.

“I have to," Leonard said when asked if he believed he could play through his eye condition. "That’s what I’m doing now. I can’t wait and sit on the sidelines anymore just wasting games. It might not ever clear up until summer, so I’m playing now.”

Via Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs End Extension Talks

Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs have broken off talks on a contract extension.

Agent Brian Elfus and Leonard have held firm on their desire for a maximum contract extension, something Spurs management won’t consider until July.

“We feel Kawhi is deserving of a max contract, and we are disappointed that something couldn’t get done,” Elfus told Yahoo Sports. “There’s no debating Kawhi’s value. The market has been set. He’s done everything the Spurs have asked of him, exceeded all of their expectations. Coach [Gregg] Popovich has gone out of his way to call Kawhi the future face of the franchise. We have great respect for the Spurs organization, but here, we simply agree to disagree.

“There will be no shortage of teams interested in Kawhi’s services next year. There will be a lot of contract scenarios available to us, and we will explore them all.”

San Antonio could sign Leonard to a five-year, $90 million-plus extension now or next summer, if the Spurs are willing to make him their designated player. But Leonard could also sign an offer sheet with a rival team that includes a player option in the third season that would allow him to potentially leave the Spurs in 2017. 

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

Leonard would have a significantly smaller cap hold than what would be the first season of a max or near-max extension.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Gasol: Picking Bulls Over Spurs, Thunder Was Most Difficult Decision Of My Life

The New York Knicks pursued Pau Gasol in the offseason, but they didn't have the cap space or title contender status that he was looking for.

Choosing between the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder was "probably the most difficult decision that I made in my career and in my life," Gasol said.

"I considered it," Gasol said of the Knicks. "But I thought the team was not at the level of others, other contenders and options that I had. I'm coming down to my last few years of my career, and I want to maximize them. And it was difficult to leave L.A. in the first place. But now I feel like I'm in a great position, and we have a great opportunity, and now let's see if we're lucky and we deserve to do something special."

Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls' opener against the Knicks.

"Plays where you need a great shot and you know that anything isn't rolling for you, you can easily dump it down and space out," Rose said. "If you double-team, it's going to be a wide-open shot, a wide-open three. … It makes the game easy for everyone."

Via Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Leonard, Spurs Not Progressing On Extension As He Pursues Max Deal

Kawhi Leonard is holding firm on his desire for a maximum contract, and extension talks with the San Antonio Spurs have failed to gather traction despite a looming Friday deadline, according to sources.

No progress has been made despite discussions for weeks.

Multiple league executives believe he'll command a max offer sheet on the market next summer.

Leonard has missed the preseason with an eye infection and is unlikely to be in the lineup on Tuesday for the Spurs opening night game against Dallas.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

San Antonio Spurs Archives

Spurs Waive JaMychal Green, Edwin, Vaden

The Spurs' roster now stands at 15 heading into the regular season.

Spurs Waive Bryce Cotton, Josh Davis

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Tim Duncan Hesitated Before Accepting $10.3M Player Option

Tim Duncan admitted he had hesitation before opting into his $10.3 player option for the 2014-15 season.

Aron Baynes Re-Signs With Spurs On Guaranteed One-Year Deal

Aron Baynes has re-signed with the Spurs on a guaranteed, one-year contract, a league source told RealGM.

Sean Marks Named Spurs' Assistant GM

Sean Marks will return to the Spurs' front office as an assistant general manager

Gustavo Ayon Signs With Real Madrid

Gustavo Ayon also had offers from the Spurs and in China.

Shanghai Making Strong Push To Sign Aron Baynes

The Spurs would retain Aron Baynes' restricted free agent rights if he signs abroad.

Popovich Worried Spurs Will Get Satisfied From 13-14 Championship

Gregg Popovich made sure the Spurs used their 2013 NBA Finals defeat as motiviation, but he faces the opposite problem now.

Gustavo Ayon Receives Formal Offer From Spurs

Sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania that Gustavo Ayon is deciding over three formal offers.

Michael Beasley Working Out For Spurs

Michael Beasley had workouts for several teams this offseason.

Spurs More Active In Development Of Unsigned Draft Rights Players

Gregg Popovich and the Spurs have sent an assistant to work with Livio Jean-Charles.

Spurs Open To Sign-And-Trade Deal For Ayon Baynes

The Spurs are open to signing-and-trading Aron Baynes, according to source.

Spurs Sign New Trainer Xavi Schelling

Xavi Schelling will be the head of the department of applied science in sport.
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