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Kawhi Leonard May Want Spurs To 'Tweak Some Things'

Apr 26, 2018 11:00 AM

If Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs are able to mend their partnership, there could be some changes to the culture of the franchise.

Leonard has mainly rehabbed away from the Spurs and has been based in New York.

Leonard may want some changes to the way Gregg Popovich conducts practices and other areas.

“Don’t you have to sign him,” asks one rival executive. “From what I understand, he wants (Gregg) Popovich to lighten up a little with practice and tweak some things. The Spurs may not want to change their ways, but this is Kawhi Leonard we’re talking about.”

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

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Hawks Targeting Several Current Assistants For Head Coaching Vacancy

Apr 25, 2018 10:23 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have parted ways with Mike Budenholzer and a list of candidates has already emerged.

The Hawks are believed to be targeting a number of assistants, including Charlotte's Stephen Silas, Portland's Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool, San Antonio's Ime Udoka and James Borrego.

Budenholzer had been in the job with the Hawks since 2013 after replacing Larry Drew.

Sam Amick of the USA Today reports David Fizdale is also expected to be a candidate for the job.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tony Parker: I Want To Keep Playing, We'll See If It's In San Antonio

Apr 25, 2018 9:31 AM

Tony Parker will be a free agent this offseason and his future with the San Antonio Spurs is unclear.

Parker will almost certainly be required to take a contract at a reduced rate from his $15.4 million this season.

Parker has taken a reduced role coming off the bench behind Dejounte Murray.

R.C. Buford said the Spurs will make a decision on Parker at the appropriate time.

"We'll see," Parker said. "I said already I want to keep playing. I'm happy I don't have those retirement parties. I want to keep playing, and we'll see if it's in San Antonio. Everybody knows I would love to stay here. But free agency is always crazy, so we'll see."

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Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Plan Meeting With Kawhi Leonard To Determine Future

Apr 25, 2018 9:25 AM

The San Antonio Spurs hope to have an "all-hands-on-deck" meeting with Kawhi Leonard this offseason, according to sources.

The Spurs plan on meeting with Leonard to gauge whether they two sides can continue their partnership. Gregg Popovich is expected to take the lead.

"Kawhi, everybody asks questions, but he's still here," Danny Green said. "He's still locked in. He's a part of the team until things change."

Leonard missed all but nine games this season due to a quadriceps issue. Leonard has sought extra time rehabilitating in New York.

The decision on whether to offer Leonard a five-year, $219 million supermax extension will be determined by management, current players and ownership. R.C. Buford could have a difficult time convincing Peter Holt and Julianna Hawn Holt, who are undergoing a divorce, that they should offer the extension.

Wojnarowski expounded upon his story during a SportsCenter appearance. 

"The relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs is broken and it's got to be put back together again before the Spurs make that kind of commitment to a player," said Wojnarowski.

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

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Hornets To Interview Ime Udoka

Apr 22, 2018 1:57 PM

Ime Udoka will interview with the Charlotte Hornets' coaching vacancy.

Udoka has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2012. Udoka had a seven-year playing career in the NBA.

Ettore Messina and David Fizdale are other strong candidates for the Hornets' job.

The Hornets fired Steve Clifford this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Steve Kerr: Spurs Were Like A Football Team Before Manu Ginobili Arrived

Apr 21, 2018 5:30 PM

Manu Ginobili joined a Spurs' team in 2002 that perennially won 50 games but hadn't reached The Finals since 1999.

Steve Kerr believes Ginobili gave Gregg Popovich and the Spurs a new element with his creativity. Kerr spent the majority of seasons late in his career with the Spurs.

“We were a vanilla team,” Kerr said. “Very successful, but we were like a football team that just ran the ball every play, played great defense, won the special teams battle. There was nothing exciting about us. Manu came up and sort of shook up the organization in a good way, shook up Pop, changed the way he looked at the game. We needed that creativity, that fire.”

“Changed the culture of basketball, in my opinion, even if it doesn't get talked about,” Kevin Durant said. “Changed what the Sixth Man (award) means. A lot of people think he's from Europe, which he's not. South America. But all the guys I played with from Venezuela, Argentina, all the guys in the league just bring that toughness and that fight. Manu's one of those guys that means more to the game than people think.”

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Tags: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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David Fizdale, Ettore Messina To Interview With Hornets

Apr 21, 2018 4:08 PM

The Charlotte Hornets will interview David Fizdale and Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy in the coming days.

Fizdale was fired by the Grizzlies as head coach early this season.

Messina is currently Gregg Popovich's top assistant coach with the Spurs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gregg Popovich To Miss Game 4

Apr 21, 2018 2:34 PM

Gregg Popovich will not coach the Spurs in Game 4 against the Spurs.

Popovich also missed Game 3 following the passing of his wife, Erin Popovich.

Ettore Messina will fill in for Popovich as he did Game 3.

"I think, of course, that it's a tough situation," Messina said Saturday. "But the first thing is to free our minds and realize that if you watch the [video] of the last game, we had more points in the paint. We had more free throws. We won the boards.

"Against a fantastic team like they are, we know what we're playing against. Doing everything a little bit better will be, of course, the key. I think the team is ready to play and compete. You can't get frustrated. You've got to get back on the court and try to prove everybody wrong."

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Multiple Execs Expect Lakers To Pursue Trade For Kawhi Leonard

Apr 19, 2018 1:06 PM

At least one NBA executive believes the Los Angeles Lakers will pursue a trade for Kawhi Leonard this offseason and that he would like to play in the area he grew up.

Leonard would give up an opportunity to sign a supermax contract extension if he decides he wants to leave the Spurs.

“I think they go in hard for Leonard once the season is over and once the dust settles in San Antonio,” one executive told Sporting News. “(Leonard) wants to go to LA. There probably won’t be public demands on that, but he has leverage. He is going to be a free agent (in 2019). He’s an LA guy and he can just let teams know he won’t re-sign next year with anyone but the Lakers.”

The Celtics and 76ers could also put a compelling package together for Leonard.

“I would say that’s the most likely thing,” another general manager told Sporting News. “He’s going to be their target any way you look at it, this summer or next summer. There’s not many other ways to explain what’s been going on with that situation other than him trying to get out of San Antonio.”

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ettore Messina To Coach Spurs In Game 3

Apr 19, 2018 11:41 AM

Ettore Messina will serve as head coach for the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 against the Warriors.

Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin Popovich, passed away on Wednesday.

The Spurs trail 2-0 to the Warriors in their first round series.

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Gregg Popovich's Wife Passes Away
Gregg and Erin Popovich were married for four decades.

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Report: Kawhi Leonard Not Replying To Spurs For Weeks
Kawhi Leonard's communication with the Spurs has been limited.

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Source: Spurs Continue To Give Signals They Won't Consider Trading Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard has remained away from the Spurs during the past few weeks as he rehabs in New York.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Gregg Popovich: LaMarcus Aldridge Plays Through Everything
LaMarcus Aldridge's future with the Spurs was uncertain last offseason as he sought a trade.

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Could Impact Each Other's Offseason Destination
While LeBron James will be a free agent this offseason, the most interesting story could be the future of Kawhi Leonard.

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Hornets Receive Permission To Interview Ettore Messina
Ettore Messina has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2014.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Clippers Planning To Pursue Trade For Kawhi Leonard
It is not clear what the Clippers could offer that would trump probable offers from rival teams.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Execs Believe Spurs May Not Offer Full Supermax To Kawhi Leonard
League sources have criticized how the Spurs have handled Kawhi Leonard's ongoing injury issues.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Kawhi Leonard Likely Out For Remainder Of Playoffs
Kawhi Leonard has made strides recently in training and is focused on regaining his full health.

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Kawhi Leonard Still Not Cleared By His Medical Team
Kawhi Leonard continues to to rehab in New York and is being examined routinely.

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Kawhi's 'People' Would Have To Call Popovich If He Wants To Rejoin Team For Playoffs
Kawhi Leonard is not expected to return to the Spurs in time for the playoffs.

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Danny Green: No Spurs At Odds With Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard has had a couple of setbacks in his rehab.

Michael Rehome/NBC San Antonio

Teams Preparing To Pursue Trade For Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard would be unable to sign a max contract at 35 percent of the cap should he leave the Spurs.

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Will Return When He And His Group Feel He's Ready
Kawhi Leonard still hopes to return this season.

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Kawhi Leonard Returns To New York For Rehab
Kawhi Leonard resumed working out in San Antonio on Feb. 27.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Set For MRI On Bruised Left Knee
LaMarcus Aldridge suffered the injury in a collision with Otto Porter Jr.

Tom Osborn/San Antonio Express-News

LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge Named Players Of The Week
LeBron James averaged 34.8 points and 11.0 assists during Cleveland's 4-0 week.

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Spurs Claim Players-Only Meeting Went Beyond Kawhi Leonard
Tony Parker declined to discuss specifics about the meeting.

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Spurs Hold Players-Only Meeting Over Kawhi Leonard's Status
Several teammates spoke up to express frustration and confusion over Kawhi Leonard's status.

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