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Kawhi Leonard Doesn't Expect To Pursue Offer Sheet Beyond Spurs

Apr 25, 2015 12:52 PM

The San Antonio Spurs will be eligible to sign Kawhi Leonard to a maximum contract on July 1 in free agency.

For now, there's no scenario where Leonard plans to pursue offer sheets on the market, according to sources.

Leonard scored 32 points in the Spurs' Game 3 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Considering Ettore Messina As Head Coach Candidate

Apr 24, 2015 10:50 AM

Ettore Messina is reportedly on the list of candidates compiled by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching vacancy.

Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Thunder fired Scott Brooks as head coach this week.

Billy Donovan is widely considered the frontrunner for the job.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tony Parker Optimistic Achilles Will Be Okay For Game 3

Apr 23, 2015 12:46 PM

Tony Parker left the San Antonio Spurs' Game 2 win at the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter with an Achilles injury.

Parker was seen limping after the game, but he expects to play in Game 3.

"It's been a tough year, but I think I'll be all right," said Parker.

Parker said the injury was the same as that which he suffered in a game in Oklahoma City on April 7.

"Same thing, same thing," he said. "I think I put too much pressure on the right ankle because of the soreness in my left ankle."

Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers

Apr 23, 2015 11:19 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to be pursued by the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in July.

The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign Aldridge.

Aldridge is a four-time All-Star having played his entire career with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers can offer Aldridge more money and an extra guaranteed season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kawhi Leonard Wins Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 23, 2015 10:25 AM

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

Leonard won the award despite playing in just 64 games and finished with 333 total points in the voting.

Green received eight more first place votes than Leonard and had 317 total points.

Anthony Davis finished with 107 points, followed by Rudy Gobert with 31 and Tony Allen with 29.

Click here to view the historical Defensive Player of the Year winners.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Award

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Spurs Unworried About Cap Ramifications To Re-Sign Kawhi Leonard

Apr 21, 2015 11:24 PM

Kawhi Leonard will become a free agent in July, but both he and the San Antonio Spurs have a mutual interest to sign a new contract.

The Spurs are unworried about ramifications with the salary cap in order to keep Leonard.

“I don’t know that I’m worried about [the cap],” R.C. Buford said. “It is what it is. We’ll deal with the guidelines. I hope that Kawhi is with us for a long time, and I know that’s no secret to Kawhi or his family.”

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Doc Rivers: Players Want To Be Like Mike, Coaches Want To Be Like Pop

Apr 19, 2015 4:12 PM

Doc Rivers talked about how much he admires Gregg Popovich ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers' first round series against the San Antonio Spurs.

"I think every coach in the league wants to be like Pop," Rivers said. "Players want to be like Mike. We want to be like Pop."

Rivers nearly replaced Popovich as head coach of the Spurs in 1999. The Spurs had started the lockout-shortened season slowly and there was pressure to fire Popovich and hire Rivers, who was a member of their broadcast team.

Said Avery Johnson: "There was a lot of noise about Pop being potentially replaced by Doc."

 

The Spurs turned around their season and eventually won the Finals.

"The only talk I had back then was I made sure I wasn't a part of all that bulls---," Rivers told ESPN.com on Saturday. "I don't think it was as close as people thought it was. Maybe it was. I've read that it was. I tried to stay out of it."

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Manu Ginobili Expects To Retire By 2016

Apr 7, 2015 5:36 PM

Manu Ginobili does not expect to continue playing beyond the 15-16 season.

"Everyone who has retired tells me: enjoy it," said Ginobili. "Play another year. Well, I've played 19 years doing this and if it is not the end this season, it will be the following year."

Ginobili will be a free agent this offseason.

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

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Celtics Could Pursue Offer Sheet With Kawhi Leonard

Mar 29, 2015 1:17 PM

Kawhi Leonard will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and will receive interest for contract offer sheets.

The Boston Celtics likely will pursue an offer sheet with Leonard.

Leonard is averaging 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds this season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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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.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tony Parker Shoulders Blame For Spurs' Recent Struggles
Tony Parker believes finding his midrange jumper again is at the core of his offensive struggles.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Reggie Williams, Spurs Agree Upon Contract For Remainder Of Season
Reggie Williams was coming off his second 10-day contract with the Spurs.

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Spurs Expected To Stand Pat At Deadline
The Spurs don't have many tradeable assets and tend to value continuity.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Amar'e Stoudemire Leaning Toward Signing With Mavericks
The Mavericks, Clippers, Suns and Spurs are interested in Amar'e Stoudemire.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Jerry Tarkanian Passes Away At 84
Jerry Tarkanian led UNLV to four Final Fours and the 1990 championship.

Eric Prisbell/USA Today

Spurs Very Briefly Considered Pollard Instead Of Duncan
Scot Pollard was drafted 19th overall by the Pistons in the 1997 NBA Draft.

Scott Agness/Vigilant Sports

Kyle Anderson Named D-League Player Of The Week
Kyle Anderson led Austin to a 2-0 record last week, averaging 19.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 blocks.

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Ray Allen To Make Decision Following All-Star Weekend
Ray Allen's potential role with a team is expected to be a deciding factor.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Reggie Williams Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Spurs
Reggie Williams has appeared in three games for the Spurs since being signed on Jan. 28.

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Gregg Popovich Expects To Retire In Under Five Seasons
Gregg Popovich signed a five-year contract extension with the Spurs last offseason, but he doesn't expect to see out the entire length of the deal.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tim Duncan Sues Financial Advisor For Causing Substantial Loss
Tim Duncan accused his financial advisor of defrauding him through a $7.5 million loan.

Scott Soshnick/Bloomberg

Spurs Sign Reggie Williams To 10-Day Contract
Reggie Williams has appeared in 13 games this season for the Blue of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.08 steals in 31.9 minutes.

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