Player News - Spurs

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Chimezie Metu fractured his left wrist during action at the Las Vegas Summer League.

That means he should be out anywhere from 4-8 weeks depending on the severity. It was a little odd that Metu had a huge cast on his wrist earlier this week, but the team called it a sprained wrist. He was an adept rim protect and showed he could be a roll man in PNR. He's not NBA-ready yet.
Jul 14 - 6:02 PM

X-rays on Lonnie Walker's sprained right ankle were negative.

He is sitting on the bench with the Vegas team on Friday and seems to be in good spirits. Walker was shut down yesterday due to an ankle sprain, but it shouldn't keep him out for more than a week or two.
Jul 13 - 7:06 PM

Lonnie Walker IV sprained an ankle and is out for the rest of summer league.

He' seen enough action already, and it's not considered serious at all. The Spurs are playing in their finale on Friday, so again there's no need to worry whatsoever. With Kyle Anderson gone, maybe LW4 can find a way to get minutes in his rookie season. Based on this month, he's shown he can impact a game somewhat soon.
Jul 12 - 10:21 PM

Derrick White (right hamstring) will not play in Thursday's Summer League game against the Bucks.

He tweaked his hamstring on Sunday so it makes sense for him to be sitting out of this one. While White has been outstanding in summer league, his chances at minutes decreased with the Spurs brining back Bryn Forbes. He projects as the third PG with some spot SG minutes mixed in there.
Jul 12 - 6:54 PM

Chimezie Metu (sprained left wrist) will sit out Thursday's Summer League game.

His wrist also kept him out on Tuesday, which have Jarron Blossomgame a few extra chances to produce. Metu has showed his upside in the paint with a handful of blocks, but it'll take him a while to develop as an NBA prospect.
Jul 12 - 6:49 PM

Lonnie Walker scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting during Tuesday's Summer League loss to Portland, adding two boards, two triples, one steal and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

Walker got off to a quick start, scoring eight points in the first quarter of action and he also threw down an impressive putback slam during the second quarter (link below), but he continues to struggle with efficiency. Walker did appear to tweak something in his right leg during the second half, but after a quick checkup on the bench, he got back out there and he wasn't sporting a noticeable limp.
Jul 10 - 6:22 PM

Davis Bertans has officially agreed to his two-year, $14.5 million deal with the Spurs.

Sportando originally reported that Bertans had agreed to a four-year, $20 million deal, so while they got the right team, they clearly missed the mark on the numbers by a wide margin. Bertans could see a slight uptick in minutes next season, but it's unlikely he'll establish himself as a factor in most 12-team leagues.
Jul 10 - 6:18 PM

Chimezie Metu (sprained left wrist) will sit out Tuesday's Summer League game against the Trail Blazers.

It's unclear exactly when Metu suffered the wrist injury, but it doesn't sound too serious. With him unavailable today, the Spurs will likely get an extended look at Drew Eubanks. Metu has potential, but he's not going to be an impact player in fantasy hoops his rookie year.
Jul 10 - 3:03 PM

Derrick White (right hamstring) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Summer League game against the Trail Blazers.

White tweaked his hamstring on Sunday, and while it's not believed to be a serious injury, this will likely be something that keeps him out for the remainder of these exhibition games. While the Spurs are healthy, White will likely have a negligible role in the rotation, but he'll be someone to monitor if some injuries open up an opportunity for him.
Jul 10 - 2:57 PM

Shams Charania is reporting that restricted free agent Bryn Forbes is finalizing a two-year deal to return to San Antonio.

Forbes played relatively well for the Spurs last season. He appeared in 80 games (including 12 starts) and averaged 6.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.1 treys in 19.0 minutes per contest, while shooting 42.1 percent from the floor and 39.0 percent from downtown. With Tony Parker leaving the Spurs, Forbes may see 20-plus minutes a night next season.
Jul 10 - 1:44 PM

Contrary to a previous report, Davis Bertans has not agreed to a four-year, $20 million deal to remain with the Spurs.

Sportando cited an anonymous source in their report on Monday morning, but Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News said a league source and a spokesperson for Bertans’ agent called it "premature." The Spurs "have shown heavy interest in retaining Bertans and are working toward hammering out a deal," but nothing has been agreed upon yet. With Kyle Anderson out of the picture, Bertans could be looking at an expanded role moving forward.
Jul 9 - 7:38 PM

Davis Bertans has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $20 million deal to re-sign with the Spurs.

The Latvian forward is a career 38.4% shooter from beyond the arc and had a nice year in San Antonio, averaging 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 triples in 14.1 minutes. The Spurs re-signed Rudy Gay, but with Kyle Anderson heading to Memphis and Joffrey Lauvergne now in Europe, Bertans has an opportunity to earn 20+ minutes.
Source: Sportando
Jul 9 - 9:20 AM

Spurs' Summer League coach Will Hardy downplayed the hamstring issue that forced Derrick White to leave Sunday's exhibition against the Wizards.

"Derrick’s doing fine. It’s a strain in his hamstring. It wasn’t worth pushing in the second half," said Hardy. "Our history is to be careful with these guys, especially at summer league. We’ll let the medical team take a look at him and see how he comes back. We’ll see on Tuesday." White might not play again at Summer League, but it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything too serious.
Jul 8 - 6:44 PM

Lonnie Walker came through with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and three steals in Sunday's Summer League win over Washington.

Walker struggled to get his shot to drop through the first half of action, but after Derrick White went down with a hamstring injury, Walker was asked to do more offensively and responded well. He hasn't been all that efficient in Las Vegas, connecting on just 36% of his shot attempts, and the shooting percentages could be an issue his rookie year. Jarron Blossomgame finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one triple across 31 minutes.
Jul 8 - 5:38 PM

Derrick White exited Sunday's Summer League game with a right hamstring injury, and he will not return.

The severity of White's hamstring issue is unclear at the moment, but given these are just exhibition games, we'd anticipate the Spurs to take a very cautious approach with him moving forward. For now, we'll consider White questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Trail Blazers. He finished with four points, one assist and one block across seven minutes.
Jul 8 - 4:32 PM


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