Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

The Spurs would need a "grand-slam offer" on Kawhi Leonard to make a deal, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

Yeah, that's pretty obvious. Things aren't going well with Kawhi and the Spurs these days, but there's no way they'd sell him at a price comparable to Kyrie Irving. If anything happened with Kawhi, it likely wouldn't happen until at least July.
Source: The Ringer
May 18 - 9:02 PM

Tony Parker said he wants to play for three more seasons, but is open to playing outside of San Antonio.

"It is not yet sure that I'll stay with the Spurs," Parker said. "I am open to all proposals. I would like to make my entire career in San Antonio. The sport remains a business, and we will have to make choices. I have been 17 years with the Spurs. I would always be nostalgic, but it's not the end of the world if I change my club." Parker will be a free agent next year, so it sounds like he'd prefer to do a two-year deal with a possible player option for the third. He'll be in the Hall of Fame five years after he retires.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 5:50 PM

Rudy Gay still hasn't decided if he will exercise his player option for 2018-19.

Gay didn't make a huge impact in San Antonio, averaging 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.6 minutes. His option is worth $8.8 million, but if he opts out he can probably find a multi-year deal with a similar annual salary. "On the court, it’s very different," Gay said of his time in San Antonio. "It’s the epitome of team basketball. Everyone is playing for each other, and it’s always been that way." Maybe the Spurs bump up Gay's workload if they can't repair their relationship with Kawhi Leonard, but it's hard to imagine Gay being more than a late-round fantasy asset if he stays in San Antonio.
Source: Hoopshype
May 7 - 9:58 AM

Kawhi Leonard and his advisor have returned to San Antonio.

Leonard spent nearly six weeks in New York rehabbing his injury. Even though he was cleared by the San Antonio medical staff a long time ago, Leonard said he never felt healthy enough to return and didn't receive clearance from his personal medical team. A report from ESPN surfaced on Tuesday that suggested Leonard's management team may be trying to get him to a larger market such as New York, but we'd expect Leonard and the front office to meet soon in order to repair their relationship. As of right now, no meeting is scheduled.
May 2 - 10:11 AM

According to an ESPN report, the Spurs "have grown worried" that Kawhi Leonard's management team has "an ulterior motive to... get Leonard traded to a larger market."

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Michael C. Wright co-authored an in-depth look (link below) at the confusing and seemingly troubled relationship between Leonard and the Spurs. Leonard's group purportedly targeting "Los Angeles (Leonard's hometown) or New York or Philadelphia" is just one of many interesting details. They also examine where the relationship first ran into trouble and that the two sides disagree on how the exact nature of his quad injury.
Source: ESPN.com
May 1 - 11:52 AM

Rudy Gay said he has not yet decided if he will exercise his player option for the 2018-19 season and stay in San Antonio.

Gay signed a two-year deal with the Spurs last summer that included an $8.8 million option for 2018-19. Gay was able to stay relatively healthy, appearing in 57 games this past season. He averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.6 minutes. "Obviously I have to go through and assess some things," Gay said. "But after a season like this, it’s hard not to want to come back and fight for a championship. I love these guys."
Apr 28 - 10:06 AM

Manu Ginobili said he is contemplating retirement but will likely wait a couple of months before making a final decision on his future.

Ginobili finished with 10 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, in what may have been the final game of his NBA career. "I’ve been contemplating retirement forever," Ginobili said after the game. "Nothing changed. I’ll let a month or two months go by, and then I’ll see how I feel. I’m not the type of guy that makes decisions on the fly, or when you’re upset or hurt or whatever. I usually let it sink in and see how it feels."
Apr 25 - 1:08 PM

Kawhi Leonard plans to return to San Antonio once exit interviews are scheduled, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

Leonard has been very quiet throughout this year-long ordeal. It will be fascinating to see what he has to say regarding the past few months and his future with the Spurs. If Kawhi is not willing to sign an extension this summer to stay in San Antonio longterm, then the Spurs will be forced to shop him. It would be a devastating blow to the franchise if he left as an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
Apr 25 - 10:05 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol said he isn't considering retirement and plans to play "at least" three or four more years.

Speaking with reporters after the Spurs were eliminated on Tuesday night, Gasol made it clear he believes he has plenty left in the tank. He will turn 38 in July but still has two years and $32 million left on his current contract. The Spurs limited him to just 23.5 minutes per game this season and he averaged 10.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Apr 25 - 9:32 AM

Tony Parker came off the bench to hit 2-of-7 shots for four points and one assist in 14 minutes of Tuesday's elimination loss to the Warriors.

Like teammate Manu Ginobili, Parker will be mulling retirement this offseason. Charles Barkley said after the game that he thinks both of them will retire, but we'll have to wait and see what they decide.
Apr 25 - 1:43 AM

Manu Ginobili hit 3-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's 99-91 loss to the Warriors, and also had a big turnover with the Spurs down four points inside the final 30 seconds of the game.

His errant pass trickled out of bounds without being touched by a Warrior and Kevin Durant answered with a money jumper and then two free throws to seal the win for the Warriors. Ginobili looks like he's thinking retirement, while Pau Gasol, who is not thinking about shutting it down, as far as we know, might want to rethink that decision after his one-point, six-board performance in just 18 minutes, missing all three of his shots. Whatever Ginobili decides, he's had a fantastic NBA career thus far.
Apr 25 - 1:34 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge did all he could on Tuesday to will the Spurs to a road win in Oakland, including hitting a big 3-point play and some clutch free throws to cut Golden State's lead to just two points with 57 seconds remaining, but Kevin Durant was able to stop San Antonio's run and eliminate the Spurs from the playoffs with a 99-91 win in Game 5.

Aldridge was amazing tonight, especially in the second half, and made 14-of-14 free throws to go with his 30 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and a steal in the loss. He got off to a slow start in the first half, but got it going in the fourth quarter and almost helped the Spurs pull off a big upset.
Apr 25 - 1:30 AM

San Antonio snapped a seven-game postseason losing streak, aided by LaMarcus Aldridge's 22 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block.

Draymond Green locked into Aldridge defensively today, but LA managed to bank an enormous buzzer-beater on a turnaround 3-pointer to preserve the Spurs' lead in the fourth quarter (link below). He finished 7-of-19 from the field but was 3-of-3 from deep and 5-of-5 at the FT line, and committed just one turnover in 38 minutes. The Spurs pulled out a double-digit victory despite getting out-rebounded 61-34 in this game, but they'll need to fix the issue to stay alive as the series shifts back to Golden State.
Apr 22 - 6:36 PM

Manu Ginobili was terrific during the Spurs' Game 4 victory, scoring 16 points (5-of-10 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with five assists, three rebounds and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

The veteran went down briefly after banging his knee late in the fourth quarter, but he continued to play and there's no way he's missing Game 5. This was simply the latest clutch performance in Manu's legendary career, and the victory gives Ginobili and Tony Parker 132 playoff wins as teammates -- that's the most in NBA history.
Apr 22 - 6:34 PM

Dejounte Murray found some traction during Game 4 on Sunday with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists.

Murray hadn't attempted more than two triples in a game all season prior to this outburst, but he simply took what the Warriors gave him -- they dared him to make shots from deep, and he obliged. He added one steal, one block and only one turnover in 26 minutes of action, his most of the postseason, and the Spurs will need him to play at this level to stave off elimination again on Tuesday.
Apr 22 - 6:33 PM


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