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.
November 27, 2015 | 1:01 pm EST Update
Erik Horne: Kevin Durant today on Reggie Jackson: Says ending for RJ was rough, but says Jackson is “like a brother”: “We had a rough ending last year with Reggie, but I can just think about when he first got here how hard he worked, how great of a teammate he is, and every guy wants an opportunity. It was tough. I didn’t like some of the stuff he said in the media and how he went about it, but at the end of the day you’ve got to respect a guy who wants that opportunity and I can appreciate a guy who wants that opportunity. I wish he would have went about it a little better, but Reggie’s always going to be a brother to me. I’m excited we get to play against him tonight and I’m glad he got his opportunity.”
Adding to the confusion, Kerr and Walton are engaged in a brutal war of deferential humility. To hear Walton tell it, he’s just a functionary, carrying out Kerr’s well-laid plans. To hear Kerr tell it, Walton deserves all the credit. “I think it’s ridiculous,” Kerr told ESPN.com when asked about getting all of Walton’s wins. “I’m sitting in the locker room and watching the games on TV, and I’m not even traveling to most of the road games. Luke’s doing all the work with the rest of the staff. Luke is 15-0 right now. I’m not. So it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, to be honest with you. I don’t even understand it.” Walton expresses no angst over being winless, saying of Kerr, “Steve’s done a lot for me. It’s the least I can do to add a couple wins on his total for him with all he’s done for me.”
November 27, 2015 | 11:58 am EST Update
As various players chimed in, including Alan Anderson, who wasn’t with the team in Charlotte as he recovers from ankle surgery, the team’s all-star point guard got something off his chest. “I have to be a leader no matter if I’m playing good or bad,” John Wall recalled texting his teammates before the Wizards fell to the Hornets, 101-87, for their second straight loss. “There’s going to be games over an 82-game season when you’re not playing well, but I’m a better player than that and a better person.”