June 24, 2020, 2:57 pmTyler ZellerC, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have signed Tyler Zeller.
Zeller hasn't played in the NBA this season and saw only six games last year with the Grizzlies. He'll be emergency depth for the Spurs, who will be without LaMarcus Aldridge when the season resumes.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 9, 2020, 8:13 pmDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs reopened their practice facilities on Tuesday, becoming the final NBA team to do so after the league wide shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Spurs encountered some obstacles that most other teams did not run into in regards to reopening their gym and practice facilities. According to GM Brian Wright, the team was working with city and county officials in order to ensure tests and supplies were sufficient. The Spurs did not want to use tests that would otherwise be needed by members of the community. Given coach Gregg Popovich's public statements in recent weeks and months, the team's generosity and cognizance of the social surroundings come as no surprise.
Source: Jeff McDonald on Twitter
June 8, 2020, 3:41 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge underwent shoulder surgery in late April that will end his 2019-20 season.
Just yesterday it was reported that the Spurs were expecting a clean bill of health for the season restart, but apparently they didn't divulge that Aldridge received arthroscopic subacromial decompression and a rotator cuff debridement on his right shoulder back on April 24. A sore right shoulder cost him six games in March but he was able to play in the final game before the season was suspended. LMA's fantasy season ends with top-40/25 (8/9-cat) value. For anyone playing fantasy games when the season resumes, look for more Trey Lyles and Jakob Poeltl up front, with the possibility that the Spurs lean more heavily on multi-guard, small-ball lineups. It's a significant blow to San Antonio's playoff hopes.
Source: Michael C. Wright on Twitter
June 5, 2020, 3:31 pmDejounte MurrayPG, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs were dealing with injuries to LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray, Jakob Poeltl and Lonnie Walker IV before the season was halted, but all four are expected to be "good to go" when the NBA resumes action.
Poeltl (MCL sprain) was dealing with the most significant injury of the bunch, and if he's ready then everyone else will be as well. Aldridge was day-to-day with a shoulder strain, while Murray and his strained calf were the biggest headache for fantasy GMs before the season stopped. Initially given no timetable for return, he's ready to go and will split the PG work with Derrick White as the Spurs try to extend their playoff streak.
Source: The Athletic
June 3, 2020, 11:41 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Pelicans, Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards will be the six non-playoff teams resuming action when the NBA restarts.
This makes complete sense, as they're the only non-playoff teams that can sniff the postseason. Woj backs up an earlier Shams Charania report about a potential play-in tournament for the final playoff spot in each Conference as well. If the ninth seed trails the eighth seed by more than four games when the league's truncated regular season wraps up, the eighth seed makes the playoffs. If the deficit is under four games, however, the two teams will compete in a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for the ninth.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 12, 2020, 6:13 pmJakob PoeltlC, San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl, who suffered a sprained right MCL at the end of February, says his knee is no longer a problem.
Speaking to Die Presse in his native Austria, Poeltl said, "Although I have no experience with knee injuries, I expect that I will have no problems if the season continues." Poeltl was initially expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks so it's not exactly a surprise to hear that he's healthy, but it's still good to confirm nonetheless. The big man is always an option for GMs in need of blocks and a boost in FG%, but he has been limited to 16.6 mpg on the year. As he heads into free agency, perhaps Poeltl will look for a larger role.
Source: News 4 San Antonio
March 10, 2020, 11:39 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (sore right shoulder) returned from a six-game absence and led the Spurs to a 119-109 win over the Mavs on Tuesday, scoring a team-high 24 points in a team-high 37 minutes while also adding two rebounds, two assists, three steals, four blocks and a 3-pointer.
This didn't look like a guy who was listed as doubtful as of this afternoon. Aldridge showed very little rust and went back to his high-usage role immediately, and he's good to get back into all lineups. With the Spurs having eight games over the next two fantasy matchup weeks, a performance like this surely put a lot of minds at ease about the near future.
March 10, 2020, 11:33 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White was outstanding in Tuesday's home win, registering 14 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals, four blocks and a 3-pointer in 35 minutes of action.
White has been a top-130 type on the full season with stretches of viability and complete frustration, but you need to go check and make sure he's not still free in any of your leagues. With Dejounte Murray out for an undisclosed period of time, White will have the starting PG spot all to himself and is obviously capable of multi-cat lines with elite defensive production. This looks like a player that can put fantasy teams over the championship hump.
March 10, 2020, 11:27 pmRudy GaySF, San Antonio Spurs
Rudy Gay put up 17 points, four rebounds and a 3-pointer in 20 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.
Gay remains a late-round guy over the last handful of games but between his low upside and season-long standing around the top-200, there's no reason to rush out and pick him up in standard formats.
March 10, 2020, 11:26 pmTrey LylesPF, San Antonio Spurs
Trey Lyles managed to stay productive despite the return of LaMarcus Aldridge on Tuesday, netting himself 14 points, 11 rebounds, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
Hopefully you didn't drop Lyles right away when it was announced that LMA was coming back. He stuck in the starting five and has been playing well enough to hang on standard-league rosters for another few games, especially with Jakob Poeltl out indefinitely. Lyles is playing at an early-middle round level over the last two weeks and you can roll with him until he's totally out of gas.
March 10, 2020, 11:20 pmMarco BelinelliSG, San Antonio Spurs
Marco Belinelli returned from a three-game absence (illness) on Tuesday and connected on 6-of-8 from the field and four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points.
Belinelli has fallen out of the rotation at times this season but could have specialist value in deep leagues given the injury to Dejounte Murray. He's rarely exciting but would be worth a look in 16-teamers if he can get on a hot streak.
March 10, 2020, 6:37 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (sore right shoulder) will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mavs.
The good news for owners who took a chance on Trey Lyles is that he will remain in the starting lineup. Aldridge, who missed six games, should pick up right where he left off as the Spurs try to keep their playoff hopes alive. Get him back into all lineups.
Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 6:35 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White will start in place of the injured Dejounte Murray (calf) for Tuesday's game against the Mavs.
This should become the norm down the stretch as Murray is without a timetable to return. White has been just outside the top-100 for value on the year, but that is certainly due to jump higher for however long Murray remains out for. Make sure he is not available on your league's waiver wire.
Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 3:32 pmLonnie Walker IVSG, San Antonio Spurs
Lonnie Walker IV (left shin contusion) is being listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Mavs.
Walker is a name to keep an eye on in deeper leagues with Dejounte Murray (calf) currently without a timetable to return. Keep an eye on his status as the week progresses, as the Spurs will have the incentive to play Walker if they fall further down the playoff pecking order.
Source: Bruno Passos on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 2:33 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (sore right shoulder) is now being listed as probable for Tuesday’s contest against the Mavs.
Aldridge has missed the past six games but is looking likely to return in time for owners' playoff matchups. With Jakob Poetl out, Aldridge is looking at a big workload. Trey Lyles has been playing impressive as of late but is going to take a massive hit with Aldridge returning.
Source: RJ Marquez on Twitter