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Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Spencer Dinwiddie Interested In Joining Lakers

Jul 23, 2021 2:09 PM

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Spencer Dinwiddie each have interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers pursued a trade for Lowry at the deadline but were unable to agree to terms with the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan is a native of Los Angeles and remains one of the league's best individual scorers in the halfcourt. DeRozan is a native of Los Angeles.

Dinwiddie also grew up in the Los Angeles area and is recovering from a partially torn ACL. Dinwiddie declined his $12.3 million player option for 21-22 with the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Lakers would likely need to work on a sign-and-trade in order to acquire either Lowry, DeRozan or Dinwiddie.

Dennis Schroder, Wesley Matthews, Alex Caruso, Jared Dudley, Markieff Morris, Andre Drummond and Ben McLemore are unrestricted free agents, while Talen Horton-Tucker is a restricted free agent.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers, Spurs Previously Had Interest In Hiring Nico Harrison

Jul 16, 2021 3:57 PM

The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers previously had interest in hiring Nico Harrison for a front office position. Harrison was recently hired away from Nike to run the front office of the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks hired Harrison to replace Donnie Nelson.

The Spurs instead elevated Brian Wright to general manager in 2019.

It is not known when the Lakers pursued Harrison, but they knew him well after his extensive work with Kobe Bryant. 

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Team USA Adds JaVale McGee, Keldon Johnson To Olympics Roster

Jul 16, 2021 3:30 PM

The United States has added JaVale McGee and Keldon Johnson to their 12-man roster for the Olympics. 

McGee and Johnson will replace Kevin Love and Bradley Beal.

Love is returning from a right calf injury that forced him out of the competition. Beal is in Team USA's COVID-19 protocols. 

McGee had been a finalist for the Team USA roster. Johnson has been playing with the Olympic team as a member of the USA Select team.

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Tags: JaVale McGee, Keldon Johnson, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Mavs, Heat, Spurs, Wolves Interested In John Collins

Jul 13, 2021 11:22 AM

The Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves are among the teams expected to show interest in John Collins in restricted free agency.

Collins averaged 13.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 35.7 percent 3-point shooting over 18 games in the playoffs.

The common perception around the league is that Collins increased his value during the Atlanta Hawks' playoff run. The Hawks are interested in keeping Collins. Tony Ressler said after the season that he hoped the team reached a “fair agreement” with Collins.

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Tags: John Collins, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Becky Hammon: I Knew Who Blazers Wanted, I'm Okay With That

Jul 12, 2021 9:23 AM

Becky Hammon was one of the Portland Trail Blazers' leading candidates to become head coach, but the job ultimately went to Chauncey Billups.

“I’m not mad,” Hammon said. “This is the business, and it’s a very competitive business. But, at the end of the day, throw everything out the window — if you want to hire me, you’ll find a reason to hire me. And if you don’t want to hire me, you’ll find that reason, too. And that’s just that.”

Hammon will remain an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs next season and she feels like the Blazers already had their preferred target during the process. 

“I knew I was second; I knew who they wanted. And I’m OK with that, because every race I’ve gotten into my entire life, I’ve been behind, and I’m OK with that. And that’s just how it is — but at the same time, I’m not ignorant to what I’m going up against.”

Hammon also said she felt the Blazers were “authentic” in their coaching search.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Becky Hammon Identified As Finalist For Blazers' Head Coaching Job

Jun 21, 2021 1:29 PM

Becky Hammon is a finalist to become head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, sources tell Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Hammon is in her seventh year on the coach staff of the San Antonio Spurs. Hammon also interviewed for the head coaching position with the Orlando Magic last week.

The Blazers are expected to have multiple finalists for the head coaching job. Portland is seeking a replacement for Terry Stotts.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Sell 30 Percent Combined Stake To Sixth Street, Michael Dell At $1.8 Billion Valuation

Jun 18, 2021 8:07 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have announced that Peter J. Holt has been elevated to managing partner of the franchise. Holt is the son of Peter Holt and Julianna Holt.

At the same time, Sixth Street, a leading global investment firm, and Michael Dell have joined the Spurs investor group as Strategic Partners.

The Holt family remains majority owners of the franchise.

Sixth Street manages over $50 billion in assets and operates from nine offices around the world. The firm was founded in 2009 as a partnership focused on core values of integrity, responsibility, and teamwork. Sixth Street’s investing approach is built around using its long-term, flexible capital base, cross-platform team culture, and data-enabled capabilities to offer solutions to companies across all stages of growth.

Michael Dell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dell Technologies, a company that he founded in 1984 at the age of 19.

“We are forever grateful for the contributions of every Spurs investor dating back to 1973. There are countless individuals who have impacted the organization and our community in so many ways over the last five decades,” said Peter J. Holt. “The Holt family is excited to continue working with all of our investors to provide the support, leadership and resources needed for the Spurs to continue to thrive in San Antonio.”

According to Leslie Picker of CNBC, the deals value the franchise at $1.8 billion with Sixth Street taking a 20 percent stake while Dell took another 10 percent.

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Heat, Spurs, Knicks Interested In Kelly Oubre

Jun 10, 2021 5:32 PM

The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks are among the teams expected to have interest in Kelly Oubre in free agency.

Oubre had an up and down first season with the Golden State Warriors.

Oubre shot a career-low 32 percent from three-point range last season, but he had 50/43/74 splits in February. 

Oubre signed a two-year, $30 million contract with the Phoenix Suns in restricted free agency.

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Tags: Kelly Oubre, Jr., Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Reflects On Rough Start With Blazers, Issues With Damian Lillard

Jun 1, 2021 2:54 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge had some of his greatest success with the Portland Trail Blazers, but he left the franchise in 2015 to sign with the San Antonio Spurs. In an interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Aldridge reflected back on some of the reasons why the partnership with the Blazers didn't work out as well as it could have dating back to when he was drafted in 2006 and his subsequent relationship with Damian Lillard. 

"They say hindsight is 20/20," said Aldridge. "As you get older you get more wiser and you see things more clear. I think as you get older, you have less of an ego, you’re less sensitive. Maybe all those things are true. The only thing I look back on is I wish I would have worked at it better to have a relationship with Dame (Lillard). I feel like we both had our circles talking to us. Maybe that helped stifle our relationship, but we definitely have gotten a better relationship since then. But I think just trying to get a better relationship with him. It’s just tough because people see the career I had, but people don’t realize how I got there.

"I was picked No. 2, but (team people) said I was an actual project. So they didn’t pick No. 2 and say, ‘Hey, he’s our guy, we’re going to play behind him.’ I was No. 2, and I didn’t even play much my first year. I missed camp. They jumped behind Brandon Roy. I was the No. 2 pick, which I thought, hey, I’m No. 2, they’re all in. But they weren’t really all in. I was on the back burner. And then we got Greg (Oden). So then when Greg was playing well, I was on the back burner again. And they tried to trade me. So I wasn’t the guy that they believed in right away. That’s why at times things were a little iffy there, because every time we were healthy with Andre Miller and Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, it was like … OK, I was more of the guy that they would put on the back burner or try to trade. And then all those guys got hurt, and I was thrown to the front out of a necessity. That’s when I finally got my opportunity to be who I became. It’s just funny to me how when you’re a No. 2 pick, most of those guys come in … Hey, you’re a part of this and have opportunities. With me, it was like … I was a project and I was like, well, who picks No. 2 as a project? I understand they have Zach Randolph.

"So my start wasn’t ideal. I was always the easy one to try to get rid of. Unfortunately, those guys got hurt, and I became the man. And it was like: Oh, man, he’s good. I feel like if they would have gave me the opportunity earlier, we could have been even better earlier. My role wasn’t as easy as everyone might think it was. I had to really go earn this thing of having your own team. I had to go fight for that for a bunch of years. When I got it, it was a proud moment for me.

"I just feel like I wish Dame and I would’ve talked more and tried to develop a better relationship. Part of it was he was young, trying to find his way, and I had worked so hard to get to this spot I was at. I wish I would have worked harder … the only regret I have is I wish I would have worked harder to have a relationship with Dame."

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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LaMarcus Aldridge Opens Up About Depression Since Sudden Retirement

Jun 1, 2021 2:51 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge spoke about his sudden retirement from the NBA and how he's been coping with the decision since he last played on April 10th. Aldridge announced his retirement on April 15th due to an irregular heartbeat. Aldridge played his entire career with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

“I’ve been depressed, and I’m trying to figure out how to navigate through not competing on the floor, learning not to be depressed,” Aldridge told The Athletic. “I still love basketball. I still feel like I have a lot to give. But even now, I’m still trying to find myself. When you go from doing something you love for so long and you lose it overnight, it’s a shock. Even though I knew it was the right decision, those next couple days there was a lot of back and forth with my family, my agent, with the Nets, and they definitely supported me either way. They were upfront and I thought they were great with (saying): ‘This is on you; we don’t know how you felt and how you feel, so we’re going to follow your lead.’ I thought that was awesome of them. I never felt any pressure to come back or make a decision based on the season. It was always: We fully understand what you’re going through, and so if this is what you want to do, you have our support.

“It was tough because I felt I was at a location and with a team that embraced me. I embraced them. We all had a common goal and we had chips on our shoulder to prove something. It was bitter for me. I had finally found the cohesiveness that I had wanted for a while in a group. And then all of a sudden I can’t play anymore. I felt if I stayed with the group, we definitely could get to the Finals and do something special. Those guys rooted for me just as much as I rooted for them. That’s what makes the game fun; when you have a bunch of guys with no egos and everyone’s cheering for each other to do well."

Aldridge will consider a coaching role after the season. 

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets

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Lakers Versus Warriors Highlights Play-In Tournament Starting Tuesday

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Spurs Claim DaQuan Jeffries Off Waivers

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Derrick White Expected To Miss Rest Of Season With Sprained Ankle

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JaKarr Sampson Suspended One Game; Patty Mills, Rudy Gay Fined

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Spurs Fined $25K For Violating Player Resting Policy

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Gregg Popovich Suggests Scrutinizing Political Donations Of NBA Owners

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DeMar DeRozan To Take 'Wide Open' Approach To Free Agency

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Bill Self, Kansas Agree To Lifetime Contract

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Gorgui Dieng To Sign With Spurs, Marquese Chriss Waived To Create Roster Spot

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Cam Reynolds Agrees To 10-Day Deal With Spurs

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs Agree To Contract Buyout

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Heat Considered Favorite To Sign LaMarcus Aldridge Once Bought Out

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Warriors Trade Marqueese Chriss To Spurs

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Pistons, Raptors, Spurs, Wizards Expected To Pursue Jarrett Allen In Restricted Free Agency

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Heat Discussed Trades For Rudy Gay, P.J. Tucker Before Deciding On Trevor Ariza

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Heat, Blazers, Celtics Considered Leading Candidates To Sign LaMarcus Aldridge If Bought Out

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Heat Express Interest In Trading For LaMarcus Aldridge

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs Mutually Agree To Part Ways With Trade Likely

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Heat, Spurs, Celtics, Hornets Have 'Significant Interest' In Nikola Vucevic

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Raptors, Magic, Rockets, Spurs, Suns Interested In Alize Johnson

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