One scenario on the personnel grapevine gaining steam is the notion that the Spurs could elect to explore the possibility of dealing away Tiago Splitter to create more financial flexibility. Splitter has two years left on his contract valued at just under $17 million and is quietly regarded as a key contributor in San Antonio given how well he fits as a frontcourt sidekick next to Duncan. But if you’re the Spurs — and if the increasingly loud rumbles about Aldridge having San Antonio as the preferred destination atop his wish list prove true — examining Splitter’s trade market might suddenly become unavoidable.
September 29, 2016 | 11:02 am EDT Update
Also keep Rudy Gay’s name in mind. He informed the Kings that he likely will opt out of his contract next summer, and a close associate said the Heat appeals to him. Gay has averaged 18.4 points per game in his career, with 750 three-pointers on 34.4 percent shooting.
Bogdan Bogdanovic returned to Istanbul with a silver Olympic medal on his bags and a chip on his shoulder. The Serbian sharp shooter is ready for the challenge of the new season and in order for him to take the next step, he should first win the Euroleague. As he explained to Eurohoops during the club’s media day: “I thought a lot about staying in Fenerbahçe or going to NBA. When you make a career choice, there is no way back. You need to be sure that’s the best thing for you, you need to believe in your choice. Going to NBA is a big dream for me.
Ryan McDonald: That didn’t take long: The Spurs announce they have waived camp invitee Ryan Richards, their former second-round pick
In a Facebook Video conversation at Nets practice Wednesday, Brook Lopez was asked by Chris Carrino if he he had found a “natural fit” working together. Lopez, the Brook in Brook-Lin, didn’t take a second to respond. “No question, no question. Jeremy is such a smart player, such a high Basketball IQ, that it’s easy to communicate with him. He picks up stuff very quickly. He’s figured out my game already. I mean he’s seen my game from playing against me. But just being on the court, playing together “We’ve grown immensely already. And he’s just so great coming off the pick-and-roll and attacking, getting in the paint, finding opportunity in that way. We’re absolutely building a great relationship. We’ve known each other previously but on the court for this short period we have been together, we’ve already grown comfortable together.”