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October 31, 2014 Updates

“We feel Kawhi is deserving of a max contract, and we are disappointed that something couldn’t get done,” Elfus told Yahoo Sports. “There’s no debating Kawhi’s value. The market has been set. He’s done everything the Spurs have asked of him, exceeded all of their expectations. Coach [Gregg] Popovich has gone out of his way to call Kawhi the future face of the franchise. We have great respect for the Spurs organization, but here, we simply agree to disagree. “There will be no shortage of teams interested in Kawhi’s services next year. There will be a lot of contract scenarios available to us, and we will explore them all.” Yahoo! Sports

When it comes to Leonard, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich walks a fine line. On one hand, Popovich believes -- and wants Leonard to believe -- that he is the future of the franchise. It’s why Popovich frequently responds to questions about Leonard with that very phrase. “You can only talk to somebody so much and if you do it too much, they don’t hear you anymore,” Popovich told SI.com. “Him hearing it from another source, maybe he starts to understand the responsibility that comes with that. It’s not easy to come every night and do what the big guys do. Kevin Durant is expected to do that every night. LeBron [James], Timmy [Duncan]. When he hears it from a lot of sources, I think it helps.” Sports Illustrated

“The different qualities I saw in Tim, in Manu, in Avery [Johnson], I see in Kawhi,” Bowen said. “I would never limit him to being what I was. He’s special. He’s the most complete player on the team right now.” The Spurs expect Leonard’s offensive game to continue to expand. Leonard continues to work diligently with shooting guru Chip Engellend, who tweaked Leonard’s form after the draft and has steadily helped him become more comfortable shooting three’s from all over the floor. Assistant coach Chad Forcier, who works with Leonard to develop an array of moves, including step backs and jump hooks. And Popovich promises to put a few more plays in the playbook for Leonard, mainly in the post, where Leonard can utilize his sturdy 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame to overpower smaller defenders. Sports Illustrated

Following LeBron James' "Cramp Game" in the NBA Finals last season against the Spurs, much was made of the hydration formula he was using in the sweltering, AC-less AT&T Center. Gatorade took a shot on Twitter following the event, and it seems the players have made their choice. During LeBron's first game back as a Cavalier, against the Knicks, a Cavs' employee could be seen pouring Gatorade into a Powerade bottle. Now, it should be pointed out that Gatorade is an official sponsor of the NBA, but nonetheless, the unintentional irony is hilarious. Sporting News

October 30, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Spurs just announced Kawhi Leonard is cleared to play Friday against Phoenix. Leonard missed Spurs' final six exhibition games thanks to nasty eye infection. Was only cleared to rejoin the team at Tuesday's shootaround Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

While the fourth-year player and the Spurs still have until Friday to get a deal done, all indications point to the Spurs not giving Leonard the deal he wants. Never mind that Popovich offered Leonard the highest of praise two years ago when he said "he'll be the face of the Spurs," or that Leonard went into the summer with all the momentum of being named the Finals MVP. USA Today Sports

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t one to pour compliments on opposing players. He doesn’t tend to watch other teams play basketball either, unless it is to study film. However, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker grabbed his attention with the way he moved without the ball in the NBA Finals, and now Rondo is incorporating some of Parker’s game into his already stacked arsenal of weapons. “He’s a guy that usually dominates the ball like myself, but in the Finals he got off the ball a lot and he never stopped moving,” Rondo said of Parker. “A guy at that age, not that he’s old, but I think he’s 31 (Ed. Note: Parker is 32), to be able to move with the young guys says a lot.” Basketball Insiders

October 29, 2014 Updates

If so, that would leave the Spurs without only starting forward Tiago Splitter, who is apparently now dealing with an unspecified back injury after the strained calf that sidelined him for the entire preseason, and reserve guard Patty Mills, expected to be out until roughly January after offseason shoulder surgery. “Don’t take this to the bank,” Popovich said, “but I’m guessing he is probable for Friday. Tiago and Mills will be out, but Kawhi might be back. We have two days to practice and get him out on the floor. We want to make sure he doesn’t infect anyone else.” San Antonio Express-News

October 28, 2014 Updates

Having joined Jordan Brand this summer, reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard will sport his own logo this season whenever he’s finally healthy enough to take the court. It’s a clever take on “The Klaw” gesture his teammates have taken to making whenever Leonard uses his 9 3/4-inch mitts to do something out of the ordinary on the court. Look carefully and you’ll notice Leonard’s initials incorporated into the logo, which will be worn on the retro Jordans that Leonard favored even before joining the brand. It also looks like there’s a small “2″ notched into the base of the index finger. Leonard signed with Jordan this summer to join Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo and Jabari Parker. San Antonio Express-News

 

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