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May 5, 2015 Updates

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

The only questions are, how many and how important, and what might they bring back with the possibility of more than $20 million in space under the salary cap. This is what we know: Parker, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson are all on the books for a total of about $34.2 million for 2015-16. San Antonio Express-News

Kawhi Leonard is a mortal lock to return, with a cap hold of roughly $7.2 million until he signs the max contract he’s absolutely going to get even after a poor finish to the Clippers series (29.6 percent from the floor over the last three games, one block and no steals over the last four). (All indications are that Leonard has no interest in signing an offer sheet elsewhere, and wants the security of a full deal over gambling with a one-year qualifying deal in order to hit unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2016, when the cap is projected to skyrocket with the NBA’s incoming TV windfall.) San Antonio Express-News

One of 10 Spurs who will become a free agent July 1, Green understands the likelihood there will be significant changes to the roster for next season. He just hasn’t allowed himself to consider how next season’s Spurs might be composed. “It hasn’t sunk in yet, but this is a special group,” he said. “That’s why it sucks so bad, especially for Timmy (Duncan) and Manu (Ginobili). We had an opportunity to do something special for them. All I can do is hope and pray for another group like that in the future, but I have a feeling some of those guys will be back. R.C. and Pop do a great job of bringing in new guys.” San Antonio Express-News

"This a series that in some way should go seven," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. "It is almost like it is right. This is what should happen in this series and it is." NBA.com

May 3, 2015 Updates

He’s also a native Texan and University of Texas product. And while he’s from the Dallas area, the Mavericks don’t have much to offer right now except Mark Cuban’s bravado. They don’t have, for example, an emerging star to partner with such as Kawhi Leonard. They also don’t have Duncan, and this paramount. There might not be a more respected and well-liked player in the game. Stories keep leaking out how other teams see him, and how they are amazed by his agenda-less support. Maybe there is a part of Popovich that doesn’t like this: Duncan is known to give opponents tips during games. San Antonio Express-News

 

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