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May 6, 2015 Updates

Ginobili has discussed his future with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who — not surprisingly — says he wants both him and Tim Duncan back next season. If Duncan does indeed return, Ginobili’s decision could be that much tougher. “I don’t think San Antonio can feel the blow with one of us leaving. Now, if they were preparing themselves for a total reconstruction … that Pop would leave, that Tim would retire, that Tony (Parker) wouldn’t play any more, that would change the situation a lot. I understand it is time to change things on the team for the makeup of the group. But if Pop continues and Tim can continue, everything is different. I suppose we will have to talk a little bit with Tim, who appears to be on the same ledge as I am. We’ll see what happens.” San Antonio Express-News

When Gasol was being courted by the Bulls and Spurs in free agency, he says he spoke to Thibodeau and Popovich at length before he made his decision to leave the Lakers and sign in Chicago. He connected with both coaches in different ways. He loved everything about Pop. They share a taste for the good life. But he worried about longevity with the Spurs. There was no guarantee Popovich, Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili would be there by the end of the three seasons he was signing up for. ESPN.com

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he is interested in becoming head coach in the NBA. “I am seriously thinking about that but I’d ask first Pop and Buford for advices. At the same time I am very happy with the Spurs. I have two years left on my contract with the Spurs. Maybe I finish my contract and I will go back home peacefully” said Messina who had some interviews with the Hawks before they hired Mike Budenholzer. “I made all the interviews with their GM Danny Ferry who showed a big interest in me. Then they rigthly hired Mike Budenholzer who comes from Spurs’ school” added Messina. Sportando

Mike Krzyzewski has added his third recruit of the 2015 class. He's not another 5-star talent like Chase Jeter or Luke Kennard, but he is the son of one of the best to ever play the game. According to 247Sports' Adam Rowe, Justin Robinson—the son of former San Antonio Spurs great David Robinson—will join the Duke basketball team next season as a walk-on: Bleacher Report

May 5, 2015 Updates

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. ESPN.com

The Spurs are well aware that Leonard will receive a flood of four-year max offers from rival teams on July 1 if he invites such interest as a restricted free agent. But the early word is that Leonard isn't keen to be courted, knowing he's regarded as the No. 1 building block upon which San Antonio hopes to construct its post-Duncan future and wanting on his own to stay right where he is. So the working expectation in Spurs circles is that Leonard and his bosses will come to a quick verbal agreement on a new five-year max deal that locks Kawhi in, which would then free up the front office to chase Aldridge and the other moves necessary to ensure all the math works. ESPN.com

Manu, rather fittingly, is the wild card here. By his own admission, retirement is a real possibility, which should come as little surprise given his declining production and the way he's thrown himself around with reckless abandon for 12 seasons in the NBA and four in Italy before that. But it also shouldn't surprise you if Ginobili ultimately decides to drag himself through one more season trying to keep up with all that youth and athleticism on the NBA perimeter. Leaving a party this good and familiar is hard when you understand, as Manu surely does, that retirement lasts so much longer than the actual party. ESPN.com

His subpar, injury-plagued season be damned, Tony Parker joins Boris Diaw and former Spur Nando De Colo among 24 players named to France’s preliminary roster for EuroBasket 2015. France is the defending champion, with Parker having earned MVP honors in leading Les Bleus to their first major title at the 2013 competition. He, Diaw and fellow NBA standouts Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert have all pledged their intent to participate with France among four host nations. San Antonio Express-News

For the record, furthermore, don't forget that Popovich only just completed the first season of a five-year contract. Word is he contemplated retirement after last season's championship with more seriousness than any of us on the outside realized, but Pop didn't just agree to keep coaching. He consented to sign that long-term deal which, according to industry insiders, pays in the $11 million range annually. The reflex reaction to news of Pop's five-year contract was to conclude that it was somewhat ceremonial, based on the idea that no one in South Texas really expects to see out all five of those years on the bench. Yet we can share that there's at least one pretty well-connected Spurs watcher we know who thinks Pop just may surprise us. And his name is Peter Holt. ESPN.com

Do you anticipate any changes to the intentional foul rule? Gregg Popovich: “There will be a lot of discussion about the fouling, as there should be. But principle-wise, I fee’ really strongly that it’s a tactic that can be used. If someone can’t shoot free throws, that’s their problem. As I’ve said before, if we’re not allowed to do something to take advantage of a team’s weakness, a trade should be made before each game. ‘We won’t foul your guy, but you promise not to block any of our shots.’ Or, ‘We won’t foul your guy, and you allow us to shoot all uncontested shots.’ “So we’d have to make a trade. On an intellectual or principle basis, I think you’re on high ground. Now, visual-wise, it’s awful. It couldn’t be worse. I tend to side on the principle side where it’s basketball, and if we have a guy who can’t shoot and it’s an important part of the game, I should probably get him off the court. We’ll see how it comes out. I’m sure the way it looks will be discussed very seriously by the league.” San Antonio Express-News

What about playoff seeding? “Division leaders (getting a top four seed) will be discussed I’m sure. Everybody asks about the top 16 teams (being re-seeded, regardless of conference) all the time. I honestly yield to the intelligence of the league on that. They’ve got a lot of good minds up there and you know they’ve thought about it. If they haven’t done it yet I’m sure there’s a good reason. I’m sure economics is a big part of it, or travel or whatnot. If they thought it would work, they would do it.” San Antonio Express-News

May 4, 2015 Updates

According to Alex Gozalbo of ARA, Barcelona has a deal in place with Baskonia to sign Latvian forward Davis Bertans. Bertans is currently out with a right ACL injury and the deal will be subordinated to the physical exams for the next season. Bertans, whose NBA rights are owned by the San Antonio Spurs, has other two years left on his deal with Baskonia, so Barcelona will likely pay a buyout to sign him. The Latvian forward averaged 11 points and 2.5 rebounds per game this season. Sportando

 

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