October 21, 2020, 10:25 pmDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
On Wednesday The Athletic quoted an anonymous NBA agent as saying DeMar DeRozan "doesn't like San Antonio and doesn't want to be there."
DeRozan may not like San Antonio but he most definitely likes the $27 million dollars he'd be passing up were he to decline his player option this offseason. He'll certainly opt in, but he may wind up as a sought after trade piece for a team looking to take a step up next season. While this should still be considered speculation, with the Spurs seemingly interested in rebuilding it would make sense to stock up on assets by trading DeMar.
Source: Ben Standig in The Athletic
September 1, 2020, 9:41 amDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
While much of the talk around the league is Gregg Popovich's run with the San Antonio Spurs may have reached an end, the Spurs themselves sure don't seem to think that way.
“Pop’s shown nothing other than how we’re going to build our team for next year,” Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford told reporters on a Zoom call, on Monday. There would be no reason to think Popovich would leave the Spurs after 26 years, except for the fact the Nets may come calling, and he is reportedly the Nets' top priority in their coaching search. The Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time in 23 seasons and they could end up trading LaMarcus Aldridge and perhaps even DeMar DeRozan in the offseason. Either way, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will have some say in the search Brooklyn is conducting and both are big Popovich fans. If the Nets wanted Popovich, and he wanted the Nets, they would owe the Spurs some sort of compensation, most likely draft picks and cash, but that is just the same speculation that rules every NBA offseason.
Source: Sports Illustrated
August 31, 2020, 1:53 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
CNBC's Jabari Young reports the Spurs may shop LaMarcus Aldridge during the coming offseason.
The Spurs leaned heavily into their youth upon entering the bubble and found success doing so. Deciding to fully pivot toward their young core by trading Aldridge would not come as a big surprise now. Aldridge turned 35 this year and while he continues to put up great fantasy value in his old age, finishing 24th in 9-cat leagues this season, it is clear he won't be leading the Spurs to another ring anytime soon. Young reports an unnamed agent predicts the Spurs may trade Aldridge back to the Portland Trail Blazers. Young also reported speculation that DeMar DeRozan could be traded to the Miami Heat.
Source: Jabari Young on CNBC
August 21, 2020, 7:06 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White underwent surgery on the second toe of his left foot, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
This is the first news of any foot problem for White, who dealt with a left knee contusion in the bubble. It seems as though he'll be fully ready for the start of next season, but we'll keep you posted. White was just a late-round fantasy player this past season due to limited playing time, and he'll only be able to reach his ceiling if Gregg Popovich relents and allows White and Dejounte Murray to share the floor more frequently. The two overlapped for just 2.7 mpg prior to the league's shutdown, capping each under 30 mpg despite their obvious talents.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 19, 2020, 11:14 amDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
The economic uncertainty of the pandemic is among the reasons that make sense for DeMar DeRozan to opt in at nearly $28 million in the final season of a $139 million, five-year contract he signed with the Raptors back in 2016, but the veteran guard hasn't decided about it yet.
The Spurs finished with a losing record for the first time since 1996-97, the year Gregg Popovich replaced Bob Hill and not long before the club drafted Tim Duncan. San Antonio went 5-3 in the bubble after Pop made it clear going in that he considered the playoffs a long shot and wanted to focus on the development of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV and 20-year-old Keldon Johnson who averaged 14.1 points in these eight games. DeRozan just turned 31 and looks like an odd fit for the young group of Spurs but it looks likely that he will pick up his option for next year.
Source: San Antonio Express-News
August 13, 2020, 9:44 pmDejounte MurrayPG, San Antonio Spurs
Dejounte Murray approached a triple-double on Thursday in a team-high 36 minutes, scoring 12 points to go with 14 rebounds and seven assists.
Murray played well but did also have six turnovers. It was also another game with no defensive counters, so the floor with Murray is just solid popcorn stats with some defensive upside. Hopefully we can see him grow into more next year.
August 13, 2020, 9:39 pmLuka SamanicPF-C, San Antonio Spurs
Luka Samanic got his first start of the season on Thursday and played well in 31 minutes, scoring 16 points, grabbing six boards and hitting three triples.
Samanic put together a nice line and dished out three assists as well. He is a pure project from a fantasy angle and there is some potential for long-term success, but it'll probably be a while before we see enough playing time to have a book on him. He's a deep dynasty play and nothing more at this moment.
August 13, 2020, 9:33 pmLonnie Walker IVSG, San Antonio Spurs
Lonnie Walker put up 15 points in Thursday's loss to the Jazz, to go along with three rebounds, four assists, a steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Walker has potential and is an exciting prospect, but from a fantasy angle it's hard to trust him to perform consistently. On top of that, this iteration of his stat set isn't quite ideal for sustained fantasy success.
August 13, 2020, 9:28 pmMarco BelinelliSG, San Antonio Spurs
Marco Belinelli knocked down three triples for the second straight game, finishing with 16 points on 6-of-11 from the floor on Thursday.
Belinelli has always been a strong outside shooter. He doesn't bring much else to the fantasy game but as long as he's chugging along, he'll be a good source of 3-pointers in very deep formats.
August 13, 2020, 9:19 pmChimezie MetuPF, San Antonio Spurs
Chimezie Metu had a few nice moments on Thursday night, playing 27 minutes off the bench and scoring 10 points to go along with six boards, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
This was Metu's first significant action of the NBA restart and the season and he managed to put up a reasonably solid performance. He likely won't retain a role of consequence to even put up lines like this next season.
August 13, 2020, 9:06 pmKeldon JohnsonG-F, San Antonio Spurs
Keldon Johnson led the way for the Spurs in Thursday's loss to the Jazz, scoring 24 points in 30 minutes on 8-of-12 shooting.
Johnson followed up his breakout performance with another strong scoring output. The other stats were lacking in this one with just two rebounds, one triple and a steal, but we'll give it a pass as he matched his career-high on the scoring sheet for the second straight contest.
August 11, 2020, 5:18 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White played 26 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Rockets, totaling seven points, six assists and two rebounds.
White played through a knee concern as the Spurs ran out comfortable winners over the Rockets. He was forced from Sunday's game against the Pelicans and had been deemed questionable heading into Tuesday. The Spurs still have a chance to scrape into the playoffs and so White should be out on the floor for their final seeding game against the Jazz on Thursday.
August 11, 2020, 4:57 pmMarco BelinelliSG, San Antonio Spurs
Marco Belinelli had another productive game on Tuesday, pouring in another three triples on his way to 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.
Belinelli did his job on Tuesday, helping the Spurs to a much-needed victory. The win has them still a chance to make the playoffs despite being without a number of regular pieces. Belinelli is somewhat of a one-trick-pony these days and really only provides upside when it comes to perimeter scoring.
August 11, 2020, 4:52 pmJakob PoeltlC, San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl racked up his second double-double from his last three games, contributing 14 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes on Tuesday, adding one assist, one steal and one block.
Poeltl is rolling along nicely right now as the Spurs continue to push for a playoff berth. He has double-digit rebounds in three consecutive games and has played at least 21 minutes in all seven of the seeding games. His fantasy ceiling is not the highest but he plays to his strengths and typically contributes in both rebounds and blocks on a nightly basis.
August 11, 2020, 4:47 pmKeldon JohnsonG-F, San Antonio Spurs
Keldon Johnson had a career night on Tuesday, putting up his first double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds to go with three assists and three triples in 26 minutes.
Johnson has been one of the more talked about players thus far during the bubble and continued to go to work on Tuesday. He notched career-high numbers in both points and rebounds and has certainly been a pleasant surprise for the Spurs. His role is all but secure at this stage and despite a few inconsistent performances, he is worth rostering in all formats.