Spurs Re-signs Matt Bonner

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It seems like the rich keeps getting richer. The Spurs started their off-season by re-signing Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. They also found a way to keep veterans Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli at a discounted rate. None of these moves equaled the big splash they made by signing free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and now Matt Bonner has decided to return for the veteran minimum.

Bonner signed a 1-year deal worth $1.5 million and will be returning for his 10th season under coach Gregg Popovich. Bonner is a knock down shooter who will help the Spurs space the floor. He was a second round pick in 2003 and averages 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds during his career. After keeping the core together and adding Aldridge, the Spurs are going to be a force to be reckoned with next season.

HT: TheScore

 

Spurs Fan Gets LaMarcus Aldridge Shaved in His Head (Video)

LaMarcus Aldridge Haircut

This Spurs fan has to be allowed into every home game, as long as he keeps this haircut well maintained. Check out the LaMacus Aldridge this guy got shaved into his head and the short video of the process.

#nba #spurs #lamarcusAldridge #hairart #robtheoriginal #themajestic #babylisspro

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on

That is pretty dope art work by Rob Ferrell and here is some more of his work with hair.

🎥VIDEO 🎥 hair on the floor, Tupac. #2pac #robtheoriginal #themajestic #robferrel #tupac

A video posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on

To be able to create things like this is amazing. Respect has been earned.

Spurs Un-Retire “12” For LaMarcus Aldridge

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Bruce Bowen retired from the NBA in 2009, but it looks like you’ll be seeing his familiar jersey number on a new Spurs team member. LaMarcus Aldridge is due to be a new Spur, but there was one problem, his number was retired, but as luck would have it Bruce Bowen allowed the Spurs to “un-retire” the number.

“You want LaMarcus to feel part of the family,” Bowen told the San Antonio Express-News. “If I can have a hand in that, shoot, why not? I don’t play anymore.”

“I hope it helps (Aldridge) feel comfortable,” Bowen said. “If he’s comfortable, the sky’s the limit for him here. It’s one less thing he has to worry about.”

And this is what makes the Spurs such a special team. While Bowen is no longer “physically” apart of the team, allowing Aldridge to wear his number is as selfless as it gets. The Spurs continue to be the staple and standard for what a team looks like. Even after helping deliver three championships, Bowen continues to help his former team.

(H/T Larry Brown Sports)

 

Spurs Discussing Trading For Brendon Haywood From Cavs

Brendon Haywood

Are the Spurs trying to help the LeBron James Cavaliers win a NBA title? The Cavs reported they were interested in moving veteran big man Brendon Haywood to free up cap space and the Spur are showing some interest.

Haywood’s contract is valued at $10.5 million but is non-guaranteed. The Spurs have interest in trading away Tiago Splitter which would create cap room for them in their pursuit of LaMarcus Aldridge. Patty Mills and Boris Diaw also could be cap dumps to help Spurs free up space. This looks like a you help me, I’ll help you trade which could take place if the Spurs feel that have the upper hand on signing Aldridge.

HT: BleacherReport

 

Report: Tim Duncan Will Re-Sign At Discount To Help Spurs Land Aldridge

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Even after revealing that he lost more than $20 million to a bad financial adviser — Tim Duncan is still always about the team.

According to Marc Stein, the Spurs are fully confident that they can get Manu Ginobili and Tim DUncan to return for one more season — and at a discount that will allow San Antonio to sign Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.

The San Antonio Spurs are operating under the premise that Tim Duncan will return in 2015-16 for a 19th NBA season, according to league sources.

Although Duncan and fellow Spurs mainstay Manu Ginobili have yet to make formal declarations about their plans for next season, sources said that the Spurs are optimistic about re-signing both at salaries that will allow the team to re-sign prized restricted free agent Kawhi Leonard this summer and to pursue top-tier free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.

As ESPN.com reported last month and again this week, San Antonio sits atop Aldridge’s list of preferred destinations if, as widely expected, he chooses to leave the Portland Trail Blazers this summer.

Aldridge has been linked to the Spurs for months now, but it appears that the draw of L.A. could sway the talented big man to Showtime.

Spurs Asst Formally Proposes to Nia Long

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Sorry fellas, but it’s time to say goodbye to your WCW.

Congrats are in order for actress Nia Long and Spurs Assistant coach, Ime Udoka.  According to E! Online, they are officially engaged.

The pair have been dating for 5 years and have one child together.  The news comes after Nia was seen out rocking a huge rock on her ring finger.

Time to let those childhood fantasies about Nia go guys.

Clippers, Spurs Make Summer League Offer To Royce White

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Doc Rivers said he needed some bench help, on the cheap.

According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN In Minnesota, the Clippers are interested in having White play on their summer league team.

White was drafted by Houston, traded to Philadelphia, released, and signed two 10-day contracts with Sacramento in March 2014.

Spurs Leave Club Drunk After Game 7 Loss (Video)

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It was a tough loss for the Spurs the other night.  To come from winning the 2014 NBA Finals to getting beaten by 2 points in Game 7 to the Clippers, the guys probably needed to take a break and have some well needed fun.

Via TMZ Sports:

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and the rest of the squad hit up Project Club L.A. in Hollywood on Saturday right after losing a Game 7 thriller to the Clippers.

You gotta check out the clip — Aron Baynes was in especially rare form … with Tim Duncan telling him to “Shut the f**k up” as he dragged the seemingly HAMMERED 28-year-old down the street.

The whole thing is pretty hilarious … but props to the Spurs for making sure all the players had a safe ride home.

http://youtu.be/eUmB0rR4-vs

Manu Ginobili: ‘Retirement Could Happen Easily’

Manu Ginobili behind the back pass against Bulls

Because of seeding arrangements and a stacked Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs are preparing for an uncertain summer, their NBA title defense having come to an end in the first round against the LA Clippers.

No one quite knows what the future holds for Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and Manu Ginobili; Ginobili told the press following the devastating 111-109 Game 7 loss that retiring is definitely on the table, but that no final decision has been made.

Manu’s deal is set to expire as well:

Per the Express-News:

“I don’t know,” Ginobili said. “(Retirement) could happen easily. I still don’t know what I want to do and I don’t want to make decisions right after the disappointment of a game like this. […] I’ll have a lot of time. I’ll see my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I’m ready to go at it again. And I guess the Spurs are going to have to see what they want to do, also. It’s not a topic to talk about now. Still too early.”

“I am way slower than I used to be and I can feel it,” he said. “Sometimes it’s hard, but you understand it. I’m close to being 38 so I don’t expect to be the same as 25, but it’s not like I was always in pain like a couple years ago. That is something that is draining.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich refused to address the issue of potential retirement for Ginobili and 39-year-old team captain Tim Duncan. […] “People ask me about Tim and Manu and myself for the last five years what we’re going to do,” Popovich said. “It’s all psychobabble. I have no clue. We’ll probably come back. Paycheck is pretty good.”

Should Refs Have Swallowed Whistle At End of Clips-Spurs Game? (Video)

Spurs - Clippers Interference Game 5

The Clippers have now let 2 games slip away from them in the final minutes of their series against the Spurs. Those are victories they surely wish they had going forward, but unlike their feelings after game 2, they left game 5 feeling as though the refs had taken this game from them.

“I don’t complain much,” Rivers said. “I thought we got some really tough calls tonight, some brutal calls. The travel on Blake [Griffin], the goaltend on Matt [Barnes], which wasn’t a goaltend. You think about the playoffs and they’re single-possession games. Those possessions, those were crucial. J.J. [Redick] ‘s foul that got him out, J.J. didn’t touch anyone. It’s not why we lost, but those were big plays for us.”

Doc went on to point out that the refs had an effect on the result:

“I don’t know, it’s just — listen, the refs are trying hard, too, but God darn,” Rivers said. “Even [Chris Paul] ‘s tech, I still don’t have the explanation for that, and I want to find that out because when they make a shot, you have to throw it to the ref to get the ball back, and he got a tech for it. I’m just not sure of some things.”

The most controversial play was the call made against DeAndre Jordan with just a few seconds left in the game.

We’ve all seen the highlight above numerous times by now and it’s clear that the right call was made but it seems as tough many people are still of the opinion that the refs should swallow their whistle at the end of close games and let the players decide the game.

It seems that Doc is one person that favors that school of thought.