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July 11, 2014 Updates

According to Parker, he’s had conversations with Gasol about joining the Spurs, and even if Gasol didn’t choose San Antonio, it wouldn’t be an issue amongst their friendship. “I’ve talked to Pau (Gasol) and I said I would love to play with him someday. Luckily, you have many options to play. Lakers are a great choice, but everyone wants to play with Pau, because it is one of the best players in the world, “he replied when asked about a possible interest in hiring the Catalan Spurs player. “If you choose not to play with us (Spurs), will continue to be my friend and dinner with a glass of good wine,” he added. ProjectSpurs.com

Gasol has not informed the Lakers of his plan. But the Lakers are mindful that Gasol has stated he wants to play for a championship caliber team and has entertained a vast amount of interest from Miami, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Chicago and New York. It is not currently clear which scenarios the Lakers would entertain a sign-and-trade with Gasol, who made $19.3 million last season. But in general terms, the Lakers want to ensure they receive a quality player in return, if not more, and that their contract does not compromise their financial flexibility both in length and size of the contract. Los Angeles Daily News

Though the Spurs will have two roster spaces available once Boris Diaw and Patty Mills are re-signed, there’s been no reported talks of the team being interested in Lorbek. The chances of Lorbek coming to play in the NBA seem very slim, since he hasn’t had any NBA experience and would be a 30-year old rookie. ProjectSpurs.com

July 10, 2014 Updates

CJ McCollum: The playoffs are an entirely new brand of basketball. Scouting is more in-depth and each possession means so much, especially down the stretch of games. By the first round of the playoffs, most teams have faced each other so many times that they know each others’ plays and tendencies. That makes execution and hustle plays all the more important. Free throw box-outs, extra passes, transition defense and 50/50 balls are all crucial during the playoffs. We were eventually eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs, who, by no coincidence, were excellent at all those previous things I just mentioned. Their stars sacrificed individual accolades for the betterment of the team, and it paid dividends down the stretch of the playoffs. Experiencing the playoffs is something I will always remember and use as motivation moving forward. Basketball Insiders

Now the NBA's most successful active coach is on board for a while longer. “He's a great coach and it's very comforting for the young players that he's going to be around, at least for a while longer,” Green said. “I wouldn't want to play for anybody else. I'd love to play the rest of my career here and have him be with me and Kawhi (Leonard) and the rest of the young guys for our entire careers.” San Antonio Express-News

July 9, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Gregg Popovich has agreed to a contract extension, Spurs say in release. I had been told he was eager to coach another 4-5 years. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

During the conversation, guest host and North Carolina Central basketball coach LeVelle Moton recalled how driven the former Tar Heel was even when he was out of the league. Green claims that it was all about building confidence. "That's the biggest key with anything," Green said. "Being confident in yourself and continuing to have that hope." The shooting guard talked about gaining an appreciation for life in the NBA compared to playing overseas or in the D-League. "You take those things for granted when you're so spoiled at a school like Carolina or in the NBA." ACCSports.com

 

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