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The San Antonio Spurs sign David Lee

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 28 July 2016 at 9:03 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have signed 33-year old power forward David Lee to a 2-year, $3.2 million dollar deal.  The second year of the contract is a player option.  Lee played in 55 games (5 starts) for the Celtics and Mavericks in which he averaged 16.4 minutes, 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  He also played in 2 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Mavericks last year in which he averaged 16.5 minutes, 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  Lee has now played in 750 games (495 starts) in his first 11 years in the NBA and he is averaging 30.4 minutes, 14.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  He has also played in 28 games (8 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career in which he is averaging 15.1 minutes, 6.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  This is a good move for the Spurs, as Lee will help them replace David West and Boris Diaw.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Livio Jean-Charles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 10:26 am

The San Antonio Spurs sign 22-year old small forward Livio Jean-Charles to a 4-year deal.  Jean-Charles is 6’8″, 217 pounds.  Jean-Charles played in 25 games overseas last year and he averaged 21.2 minutes, 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Jean-Charles played in 122 games in his four years overseas and he averaged 13.9 minutes, 3.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  This is the case of the Spurs taking a flier on another International player.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Bryn Forbes

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 14 July 2016 at 5:15 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have signed undrafted rookie free agent shooting guard Bryn Forbes.  Forbes is 6’3″, 175 pounds.  Forbes played in 35 games for Michigan State last year and he averaged 28.1 minutes, 14.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  Forbes played in 138 games in his four years at Cleveland State and Michigan State and he averaged 29.1 minutes, 12.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  Forbes shot a very impressive 43.5% from the three point line in college!  He will be a longshot to make the Spurs’ roster in 2016-17.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Ryan Arcidiacono

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 14 July 2016 at 5:11 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have signed undrafted rookie free agent shooting guard Ryan Arcidiacono to a 2-year deal.  He is 6’3″, 195 pounds.  He played in 40 games for Villanova last year and he averaged 32.1 minutes, 12.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  Arcidiacono played in 144 games in his four years at Villanova and he averaged 31.9 minutes, 11.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  He will compete for a spot on the Spurs’ bench, but he will be a longshot.

The Detroit Pistons sign Boban Marjanovic to an offer sheet

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 12:13 pm

The Detroit Pistons have signed 27-year old center Boban Marjanovic to a 3-year, $21 million dollar offer sheet.  The Spurs will have three days to match it or let Marjanovic leave for Detroit.  Marjanovic played in 54 games (4 starts) as a rookie for the Spurs last year and he averaged 9.4 minutes, 5.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  He also played in 7 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs last year and he averaged 6.0 minutes, 3.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  I don’t think the Spurs will match the offer sheet the Pistons gave Marjanovic.  I think they signed Dewayne Dedmon to replace him.

UPDATE:  (7/10/2016) – The Spurs have declined to match the Pistons’ offer sheet for Boban Marjanovic.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Dewayne Dedmon

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 11:58 am

The San Antonio Spurs have signed 26-year old center Dewayne Dedmon to a 2-year, $6 million dollar deal.  Dedmon played in 58 games (20 starts) for the Magic last year and he averaged 12.2 minutes, 4.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  Dedmon has now played in 148 games (41 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 13.1 minutes, 3.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  Dedmon has been buried on the depth chart in Orlando, but he has played pretty well whenever given a chance.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Davis Bertans

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 7:03 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have signed 23-year old small forward Davis Bertans to a 2-year deal.  Bertans played in 39 games (26 starts) last year for three teams overseas and he averaged 22.6 minutes, 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  He played in 218 games (114 starts) in his five years overseas and he averaged 20.3 minutes, 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Bertans was a second round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  He could have a hard time making the Spurs’ roster.

The San Antonio Spurs deal Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at 9:26 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have sent 34-year old forward Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz for the draft rights to 2015 second round pick, 23-year old shooting guard Olivier Hanlan.  Diaw played in 76 games (4 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 18.2 minutes, 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  He also played in 9 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs last year and he averaged 17.7 minutes, 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  Diaw played in 331 games (70 starts) in his five years with the Spurs and he averaged 22.5 minutes, 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.  He also played in 69 games (18 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs and he averaged 22.9 minutes, 7.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.  Diaw helped the Spurs win the NBA Title in 2013-14.  This deal was made to move Diaw’s $7 million dollar salary so that the Spurs can sign Pau Gasol.

UPDATE:  The Spurs have also sent cash considerations and a 2nd round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft to the Utah Jazz as part of this deal.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Pau Gasol

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at 10:18 am

The San Antonio Spurs have signed 35-year old center Pau Gasol to a 2-year, $30 million dollar deal.  The second year of the deal is a player option.  Gasol played in 72 games (all starts) for the Chicago Bulls last year and he averaged 31.8 minutes, 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game.  Gasol has now played in 1,055 games (1,042 starts) in his first 15 years in the NBA and he is averaging 35.3 minutes, 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game.  He also played in 115 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 38.0 minutes, 16.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 blocked shots per game.

Gasol is a six time NBA All-Star and he helped the Los Angeles Lakers win back to back NBA Titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10.  Gasol is moving up the charts in the NBA record books.  He is #49 in points scored (19,209) in NBA history.  He is also #88 in games played (1,055), #32 in offensive rebounds (2,827), #22 in defensive rebounds (7,221), #38 in total rebounds (10,048) and #23 in blocked shots (1,777) in NBA history!

I love this pickup for the Spurs, as they will have one of the best starting front lines in all of basketball with Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.  This signing likely means that Tim Duncan is leaning towards retirement.

Tim Duncan picks up his player option for the 2016-17 season for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 29 June 2016 at 9:36 am

40-year old PF/C Tim Duncan has picked up his player option for the 2016-17 season.  He will play for $5,643,750 dollars if he doesn’t decide to retire instead of playing.  Duncan played in 61 games (60 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 25.2 minutes, 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.  He also played in 10 games (all starts) in the post-season for the Spurs last year in which he averaged 21.8 minutes, 5.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.

Duncan has now played in 1,392 games (1,389 starts) in his first 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs and he is averaging 34.0 minutes, 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game.  Duncan has also played in 251 games (all starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs in which he is averaging 37.3 minutes, 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 blocked shots per game.  Duncan is the Spurs’ all-time leader in games played (1,392), offensive rebounds (3,859), defensive rebounds (11,232), total rebounds (15,091), blocked shots (3,020) and points scored (26,496) in Spurs’ history!  He is also #3 in assists (4,225) and #5 in steals (1,025) in Spurs’ history!

Tim Duncan is a shell of his former self, but he has helped the Spurs will 5 Championships.  I hope he plays one more year for the Spurs and tries to win a 6th ring instead of retiring.

UPDATE:  (7/11/2016) – Tim Duncan has decided to retire from the NBA.  He is the best player in San Antonio Spurs’ history and he played his whole career with them…..which isn’t going to happen very much in the future in the NBA.

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