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The San Antonio Spurs have expressed interest in signing Mexico star center Gustavo Ayon, ESPN.com has learned. Ayon ranks as one of the top free agents playing at the FIBA World Cup starting Saturday in Spain and, according to league sources, has emerged as a late-summer target for the NBA's reigning champions. Sources say San Antonio remains determined to re-sign Australian center Aron Baynes -- who will square off against Ayon on Wednesday when the Aussies meet Mexico in Group D play -- but has identified Ayon as both a potential Baynes replacement or a possible addition to the roster even if a new deal with Baynes is worked out. ESPN.com

His game is not that simular to Papanikolaou, however DeShaun Thomas has a deal for next season with Barcelona, as Chema De Lucas reported first. The American forward is leaving Nanterre for the Spanish champions and the biggest challenge of his career. EuroHoops.net

Manu Ginobili is unable to participate in the FIBA World Cup, which begins tomorrow in Spain. But he had a decent consolation prize to enjoy with a state dedicated in his honor in Buenos Aires. No details are immediately available, but Ginobili posted a picture via his ever-active Twitter account on Friday morning. San Antonio Express-News

Though the Spurs have one remaining roster spot left open, the chances they’d offer the spot to Lorbek seem very slim considering he’s already 30 years old, has a history with injuries, and the team has already signed Bryce Cotton, JaMychal Green, and Josh Davis reportedly to training camp deals, as each player will be battling to earn that final roster spot. Throw in the fact that there’s still a qualifying offer on the table to restricted free agent Aron Baynes, and Lorbek’s chances at making the jump to the states seem even more unlikely. Last season with Barcelona, Lorbek averaged eight points and 2.7 rebounds in 19 games. ProjectSpurs.com

August 28, 2014 Updates

NBA fans might be in for a treat if San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner has his way. And what is the said treat? How about seeing Bonner play until he is 40 years old. In an interview with Basket USA, Bonner spoke on how much longer he can still play and if his body holds up, he’d like to play until the ripe old age of 40. I plan to play as long as possible. Up to 40 years old, that would be great! I will take year by year and see if the team needs me and if I’m still healthy enough to play. ProjectSpurs.com

August 27, 2014 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs have signed Josh Davis, last of San Diego State, to a multi-year contract. The amount of guaranteed money is not yet known. Davis graduated from San Diego State last season after transferring in from Tulane, where he had spent the previous two seasons after spending his freshman campaign at North Carolina State. The 6’8 athletic forward saw his offensive game regress significantly last season, down to 7.7 points per game from 17.6, shooting only 45.5% from the field down from 49.2%, and struggling badly at the free throw line, hitting only 47.2% from where he had previously shot 71.6%. Hoop365

August 25, 2014 Updates

Q: Pretty much the entire team is returning, with only Aron Baynes yet to be re-signed. Were you ever concerned the Spurs were going to move on without you? Matt Bonner: I had several teams calling me to check about my availability, and I kept telling everyone I wanted to wait and see what happens with the Spurs because that was my No. 1 option. It took a little while. I understand I’m not the No. 1 priority anymore. I shouldn’t say anymore; like I ever was. But I understand being a role player, somewhat towards the end of the bench. They have to let the market play out and see what other opportunities are available. They told me the whole way they wanted me back. They just had to do their due diligence. I understood that so I stayed patient and told everybody I was going to wait for the Spurs. San Antonio Express-News

With the likes of Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Matt Bonner having earned new contracts, the lone member of the Spurs’ 2014 championship team yet to re-sign is restricted free agent center Aron Baynes. Well-known Turkish sportscaster Ismael Senol tweeted on Sunday that while Baynes hopes to return to San Antonio, he’s also begun to explore options overseas in the hopes of signing for at least $1.5 million Euros. Baynes, 27, has been a marginal contributor since joining the Spurs in Jan. 2013. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds with a 9.7 Player Efficiency Rating — 15.0 is average — in 53 appearances last season. San Antonio Express-News

 

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