Dec 31, 2013 3:44 PM EST
The San Antonio Spurs have recalled guard Nando De Colo and forward Malcolm Thomas from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Both players made their fourth appearance for the Toros this season on Sunday when they led Austin to a 96-93 home victory over the Tulsa 66ers.
Dec 30, 2013 1:19 PM EST
Tony Parker made it clear that he intends to prioritize staying with the San Antonio Spurs through free agency in 2015.
“If I can yeah," Parker said. “The history here, they always take care of the guys. They did it with [Tim Duncan] and Manu [Ginobili], so hopefully they take care of me. At the end of this year they have to guarantee my year after, so, technically, maybe, I’ll be a free agent this summer.”
Parker signed a four-year, $50 million extension in 2010. He is owed $25 million in the last two years of his contract, but the final year is partially guaranteed for $3.5 million if he is waived by June 30, 2014 and fully guaranteed for $12.5 million after that.
“I just don’t want a guarantee, I want an extension, too," Parker said.
When asked whether he would look elsewhere if Gregg Popovich or Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili leave the game, Parker said, “I want to stay positive, but if it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out. My wish is to stay here and play my whole career here, but if there is no more Pop or Timmy or Manu, I’m not against going somewhere. I’m not against that.”
Dec 29, 2013 10:04 PM EST
The San Antonio Spurs have assigned Nando De Colo and Malcolm Thomas to the Austin Toros, the team's NBA Development League affiliate.
This will mark De Colo’s fourth assignment to the Toros this season. In three games in Austin, he has averaged 30.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 4.33 steals in 38.0 minutes. He has appeared in 11 games this season for the Spurs, averaging 1.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 7.3 minutes.
The assignment will mark Thomas’ third stint in Austin this season. In three games with the Toros, Thomas has averaged 20.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 4.33 blocks in 37.3 minutes.
Dec 27, 2013 2:53 PM EST
Luol Deng is already receiving interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets among others, according to sources.
The Bulls have reportedly decided they will try to re-sign Deng in free agency.
“I’ve moved around a lot, but this is the longest I’ve been in one place my whole life and I came here at 19," Deng said. "I’m 28 now. I pretty much grew up here. So for me to think about being somewhere else, it’s a weird feeling. But at the same time, I don’t know what it’s like to be somewhere else. I’ve been here my whole career. Maybe it’s better, maybe it’s not. I don’t know that. The best thing I can do is play, be the best I can be and hope it works out. I don’t know if it will be here, if it will be somewhere else. I don’t know that.
"But right now, I can’t hang on to that. I can’t control that. I think when the season’s over and everything is done, then you sit down and you go through that stuff. But for me to think about it now, it’s just a waste of energy because I don’t even know — what am I supposed to think about? I don’t know what city. So it’s just a waste of time.”
Dec 21, 2013 3:10 PM EST
The San Antonio Spurs have assigned guard Nando De Colo and forward Malcolm Thomas to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
This marks De Colo's third assignment to the D-League.
Thomas has been assigned to Austin twice and started the season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Dec 19, 2013 4:24 PM EST
The San Antonio Spurs will sit Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in their game on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors.
Tony Parker is already out with a shin injury.
The Spurs are playing at the Warriors on the second night of a road back-to-back, the third road game in four nights and fifth game in seven nights.
Dec 17, 2013 7:58 PM EST
Tony Parker will miss the San Antonio Spurs' next two games, at the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and at the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, due to a right shin contusion.
Parker suffered the injury in the second half of Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Parker will be reevaluated when the team returns to San Antonio at which point his status for Saturday night's Spurs-Thunder game will be determined.
Dec 14, 2013 1:58 PM EST
Omri Casspi has stabilized himself as a reserve in the Houston Rockets' rotation and credits Kevin McHale's recruitment of him for his contract with the team in the offseason.
Casspi added McHale's message to him served as a confidence booster.
“Coach (Kevin) McHale left me a message over the summer when they started recruiting me and we started talking,” Casspi said. “I still have it. He said he wanted me to play the three and the four. He explained I could spread the floor and help the team win and that he liked the way I compete. That was one of the main reasons I came here. I still have that message and I still listen to it once in a while.
“It was the first time I really talked to a coach that really talked to me. This team was obviously was supposed to be good whether I was going to be here or not. But to be a part of the team that can compete and compete for a championship, after what I’d been through, and then he left me this message that said he loves me and wants me to come and play hard and help and do the things I do. That was just an emotional day, you know.”
Casspi also received interest the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards in free agency.
“Going into free agency, I was surprised because a few teams called a few times,” Casspi said. “My No. 1 goal was to come to Houston, but there were a few teams that called. I was surprised because I didn’t play. I wasn’t a part of the rotation. Some people called me out, said I should be out of the league. I knew if I got a chance to play and got in a good system and good city, I could do things. I can play.
“You don’t really know. Until July 1, nobody can call. I was thinking about going overseas. I thought maybe my time here is done. But Houston showed a lot of interest.”
Dec 13, 2013 11:47 AM EST
The San Antonio Spurs have recalled forward Malcolm Thomas from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Thomas, who was recently signed by the Spurs on Dec. 3, played in two games for the Toros, averaging 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 35.5 minutes.
Thomas first appeared in two games this season for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League. For the year, Thomas is averaging 26.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 38.0 minutes while shooting .661 (37-56) from the field.
Dec 12, 2013 1:05 PM EST
Malcolm Thomas is showing improved range on his jumper through three games in the D-League this season. Thomas has made 13 of 20 three-point attempts and is averaging 30 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 blocks per game.
Thomas was signed by the San Antonio Spurs early this month.
“The early indications are that he’s expanded his skill set and was really shooting the three-ball well,” R.C. Buford said. “That has always been a valuable commodity in our system.”
Thomas has a shot at redefining the stretch-four position for the Spurs if he continues this development.
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