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Donatas Motiejunas To Sign With Spurs

Mar 23, 2019 4:30 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are expected to sign Donatas Motiejunas.

Motiejunas last played in the NBA during the 16-17 season with the New Orleans Pelicans after he had a protected restricted free agency with the Houston Rockets.

Motiejunas has spent the past two seasons playing in China, averaging 27.3 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 34.2 minutes per game in 18-19.

Motiejunas averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in five seasons in the NBA.

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Spurs Present Dwyane Wade With Jerseys Of Franchise Players

Mar 21, 2019 12:59 AM

The San Antonio Spurs gave Dwyane Wade signed jerseys from Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker before their matchup. The Spurs also presented Wade with a tribute video.

"Pop let me know that they were going to do something for me here. But that was cool. I didn't know it was going to be before the game, and I liked the music swag they had on it, the videos they put up. It was real cool. I'm so thankful, so appreciative. I don't expect those things to happen to me at all. I just come out and do my job every night. I'm thankful for the relationships I have. I have a great one with Coach, and I just appreciate what they did," said Wade.

Gregg Popovich explained why he thought Wade was an icon in the game.

"He certainly is an iconic figure as far as NBA basketball goes...He had a ferocious attitude on the court. But it was matched with a wonderful smile and a great understanding of the world and community off the court. I think that's what made him so special -- a coveted teammate, somebody that everybody enjoyed playing with, a guy that cared about more than just basketball. That's what makes him iconic in my mind," said Popovich.

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard Discuss 'Playing Together Again'

Mar 13, 2019 1:15 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard cleared the air through text messages at the behest of Jamal Crawford. There had been an unspoken tension between the two since Lillard's arrival and Aldridge's subsequent departure in free agency.

"I keep telling him I’m going to come back and finish there. That’s something him and I have talked about — playing together again,” said Aldridge.

Lillard added that had they gotten to know each other while they were Blazer teammates, Aldridge would still be in Portland.

“If we would have talked about it, we would have still been playing together. There was a whole lot of that in our conversation. It was like…all of this could have been prevented," said Lillard. 

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Pau Gasol Agrees To Buyout With Spurs, Plans To Sign With Bucks

Mar 1, 2019 4:45 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a buyout with Pau Gasol.

Gasol will clear waivers in time to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Gasol had fallen out of the Spurs' rotation.

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Spurs 'Working Hard' To Move Pau Gasol Before Deadline

Feb 7, 2019 2:15 AM

The San Antonio Spurs are "working hard" to deal Pau Gasol before the deadline, according to an Eastern Conference GM.

The 38-year-old Gasol is averaging career-lows of 4.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Gasol is guaranteed at least $6.7 million next season. 

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Jazz, Blazers, Spurs, Nets Interested In Acquiring Nikola Mirotic

Feb 7, 2019 1:40 AM

The Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, and Brooklyn Nets have all expressed interest in trading for Nikola Mirotic.

The Pelicans are looking for a 1st-round pick in return. 

Mirotic will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. 

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Exec: Pau Gasol Doesn't Have Trade Value

Jan 23, 2019 10:11 AM

Pau Gasol has had his minutes reduced since returning from a foot injury by Jakob Poeltl.

Gasol is on a $16 million salary, which makes a trade for the San Antonio Spurs difficult.

“I just don’t see him having any trade value,” one league executive said.

Gasol only has $6.7 million of his $16 million salary for 19-20 guaranteed.

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Spurs Interested In Trading For Wing

Jan 23, 2019 10:07 AM

The San Antonio Spurs have attempted to acquire a wing player over the last few months.

The Spurs had interest in trading for Trevor Ariza but were unable to find a suitable trade with the Phoenix Suns.

Stanley Johnson could be a potential target for the Spurs. Assistant general manager Brian Wright was in the front office of the Detroit Pistons when he was drafted in 2015. Executives believe Wright remains a supporter of Johnson.

“Can (the Spurs) fix everything that’s wrong with him?” another NBA scout asked, pointing to Johnson’s shooting as a concern. “Maybe (the Spurs) are the culture for him to turn him around.”

Johnson will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Gregg Popovich Undecided About Coaching Spurs In 19-20

Jan 17, 2019 12:52 PM

Gregg Popovich remains undecided about coaching the San Antonio Spurs beyond the current season.

Popovich turns 70 on Jan. 28 and is in the final season of his current five-year contract extension.

“I don’t know the answer,” Popovich said when asked about his plans for next season.

“He’ll coach as long as he wants to coach,” RC Buford said.

Popovich has committed to coaching U.S.A. Basketball at the 2019 FIBA World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.

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Tony Parker Was Told By Popovich He'd Be Spurs' Third String Point Guard

Jan 14, 2019 8:01 PM

Tony Parker thought he would remain with the San Antonio Spurs for his entire career, but a June conversation with Gregg Popovich changed the dynamic.

"Pop just told me that I was going to be the third point guard, and I had to think really hard about if I was going to stay," Parker says. "So then I told him I'm not gonna stay. I think they really didn't believe I was gonna leave anyway. I think they thought I'd be like Manu and just stay."

Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Spurs lost Dejounte Murray for the season in October, which would have created more minutes for Parker.

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Gregg Popovich Moves To Third In All-Time Coaching Wins After Double-OT Victory
Popovich surpassed Jerry Sloan for third in all-time coaching wins in the historic victory.

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Spurs Interested In Pursuing Kristaps Porzingis In Free Agency
Kristaps Porzingis will be a restricted free agent this offseason as the Knicks also pursue max free agents.

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Lonnie Walker IV Assigned To Austin Spurs, Scores Career-High 34 Points
Walker IV became the second-youngest player to appear in a game in Spurs' franchise history.

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Gregg Popovich Asked Scottie Pippen To Mentor Kawhi Leonard
Pippen said he gave Leonard advice to improve his game.

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Gregg Popovich Regrets Leadership Comments About Kawhi Leonard
Gregg Popovich made comments alluding to a deficiency in Kawhi Leonard's leadership.

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Gregg Popovich Not Interested In Rehashing Past With Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard will return to San Antonio for the first time on Thursday.

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Gregg Popovich Moves To Fourth In All-Time Coaching Wins
Popovich won his 1,211 game as a head coach to surpass Pat Riley.

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Gregg Popovich: There's No Basketball Anymore, No Beauty In It
Gregg Popovich recently lamented the current aesthetics in the NBA.

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DeMar DeRozan Told By Gregg Popovich To Shoot With 'No Guilt'
DeRozan is shooting 48.2% from the field while averaging a career high in assists and rebounds.

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Nick Nurse Commends Kawhi Leonard's Leadership
Kawhi Leonard said he had heard about Gregg Popovich's comments, but hadn't read them.

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Wasn't A Leader For Spurs
Gregg Popovich spoke candidly about Kawhi Leonard when asked about the importance of Patty Mills' leadership.

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Spurs Agree To Sign Ben Moore To Two-Way Contract
Ben Moore began the season with the Pacers.

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Pau Gasol Won't Consider Retirement Until 2020 At Earliest
Pau Gasol only has $6.7 million in guaranteed salary for 19-20.

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Spurs To Retire Manu Ginobili's Number On March 28
Manu Ginobili will become the ninth player in Spurs franchise history to have his number retired.

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Derrick White Out 6-8 Weeks With Torn Ligament In Heel
Bryn Forbes will become the Spurs' starting point guard.

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Spurs Waive Josh Huestis
Josh Huestis was signed by the Spurs this week.

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Josh Huestis Agrees To Exhibit 10 Deal With Spurs
Josh Huestis averaged 14.2 minutes per game over 69 appearances in 17-18 with the Thunder.

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Spurs Waive Jaron Blossomgame
Jaron Blossomgame was a second round pick by the Spurs in 2017.

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Dejounte Murray Suffers Torn ACL
Dejounte Murray was entering his third season in the NBA.

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Lonnie Walker IV To Undergo Surgery For Torn Meniscus
Lonnie Walker was a first round pick by the Spurs in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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