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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.

The San Antonio Spurs picked Dejounte Murray in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 9:55 am

The San Antonio Spurs selected point guard Dejounte Murray out of Washington with the #29 overall pick (1st round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  Murray is 6’5″, 170 pounds.  Murray played in 34 games as a freshman for Washington and he averaged 35.5 minutes, 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  He shot 41.6% from the floor, 28.8% from the three point line and 66.3% from the three point line last year.  Murray should have been long gone by the time the Spurs picked in the first round, so I love this pick for them!  He has a huge upside!

The San Antonio Spurs could have 7 free agents heading into this summer

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 7:49 am

The San Antonio Spurs could have up to 7 free agents this summer.  They will only have 6 if Tim Duncan either picks up his player option or retires.  If Duncan opts out and wants to keep playing, I think the Spurs will give him a raise on a 1-year deal.  That is the same thing I think will happen with shooting guard Manu Ginobili, who recently opted out of his contract.  It would be nice to see the Spurs give both Duncan and Ginobili a raise due to the salary cap going up, providing that they still want to play.  Bringing back center Boban Marjanovic will probably be the top priority for the Spurs in free agency, but he’s a restricted free agent, so some team could offer him something that the Spurs aren’t comfortable matching.  PG Andre Miller, SG Kevin Martin, PF David West and PF Matt Bonner could all be looking for raises, and I don’t see the Spurs giving any of these guys one.

Manu Ginobili opts out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 22 June 2016 at 11:26 am

38-year old shooting guard Manu Ginobili has opted out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs, so he has become an unrestricted free agent.  That was smart of Ginobili, because if he comes back to the Spurs, he deserves a raise.  He was set to make only $2.94 million bucks in 2016-17.  Ginobili played in 58 games (0 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 19.6 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Ginobili also played in 10 games (0 starts) for the Spurs last year in the playoffs and he averaged 19.2 minutes, 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Ginobili has now played in 923 games (349 starts) in his 14 years with the Spurs and he has averaged 26.3 minutes, 14.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  He also has played in 197 games (52 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs in which has has averaged 28.9 minutes, 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  Ginobili has only been an NBA All-Star twice with the Spurs, but he has helped them win 4 NBA Championships!  Ginobili is currently the Spurs’ all-time leader in three pointers made with 1,342 of them.  He is also #4 in games played (923), #5 in defensive rebounds (2,760), #7 in total rebounds (3,398), #5 in assists (3,655), #2 in steals (1,267) and #5 in points scored (12,950) in Spurs’ history!

I have a feeling that Ginobili will either retire or return to the Spurs for the 2016-17 season.  I have a hard time seeing him playing for any team other than the Spurs!

David West opts out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 13 June 2016 at 2:02 pm

35-year old power forward David West has opted out of his contract for the 2016-17 season with the San Antonio Spurs.  He is now an unrestricted free agent.  Last summer, West turned down a $12.6 million dollar option to return to the Pacers to sign with the Spurs for $1.5 million bucks to try to win a ring!  West played in 78 games (19 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 18.0 minutes, 7.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  He also played in 10 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs last year and he averaged 17.6 minutes, 5.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  West has now played in 893 games (742 starts) in his first 13 years in the NBA and he is averaging 30.6 minutes, 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

LaMarcus Aldridge is named to the All NBA Third Team

Blogged under Awards,Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 9:52 am

30-year old power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been named to the All NBA Third Team!  Aldridge played in 74 games (all starts) for the San Antonio Spurs in 2015-16 and he averaged 30.6 minutes, 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game.  He has now played in 722 games (681 starts) in his first 10 years in the NBA and he is averaging 34.9 minutes, 19.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 blocked shot per game.  Aldridge is a perfect fit in the Spurs’ team first system!

Kawhi Leonard is named the Defensive Player of the Year for 2015-16

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at 4:47 pm

24-year old small forward Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season.  It was the second year in a row that he won this award.  He caught a lot of eyes with his defense on LeBron James in the 2013-14 NBA Finals, which was won by the Spurs in a very impressive five games!  “The Claw” keeps getting better for the San Antonio Spurs.  He played in 72 games (all starts) for the Spurs in 2015-16 and he averaged 33.1 minutes, 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocked shot per game.  Leonard has now played in 324 games (297 starts) in his first five years for the Spurs and he is averaging 29.9 minutes, 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocked shots per game.  Leonard is a full fledged NBA star right now!

UPDATE:  (5/25/2016) – Kawhi Leonard has been named to the All-Defense First Team.

UPDATE:  (5/27/2016) – Kawhi Leonard has been named to the All NBA First Team!

The San Antonio Spurs have signed Kevin Martin

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 1:28 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have signed 33-year old shooting guard Kevin Martin.  Martin played in 39 games (12 starts) earlier this year for the Timberwolves and he is averaging 21.4 minutes, 10.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  He has now played in 698 games (503 starts) in his first 12 years in the NBA and he is averaging 30.5 minutes, 17.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  This is a solid move for the Spurs, as Martin brings instant offense off the bench.

The San Antonio Spurs release Rasual Butler

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 1:25 pm

The San Antonio Spurs have released 36-year old small forward Rasual Butler.  Butler played in 46 games (0 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 9.4 minutes, 2.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He has now played in 809 games (266 starts) in his first 13 years in the NBA and he is averaging 21.3 minutes, 7.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  The Spurs needed Butler’s roster spot for the signing of Kevin Martin.

The San Antonio Spurs sign Jeff Pendergraph

Blogged under Big Spurs News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 6 July 2013 at 1:10 pm

The Spurs have signed 26-year old power forward Jeff Pendergraph to a 2-year deal.  He played in 37 games (0 starts) for the Pacers last year and he averaged 10.0 minutes, 3.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  He has now played in 96 games (5 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 9.2 minutes, 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  Pendergraph has shot 52.4% from the floor and 86% from the free throw line so far in his career, which is impressive.  This was a good move for the Spurs as Pendergraph is a solid bench player.

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