San Antonio Spurs Rumors
With his ex-coach, a trusted team executive and a couple of his former teammates by his side, retired Spurs star Tim Duncan took to a different court Tuesday and spoke directly at the financial adviser he blames for defrauding him out of millions of dollars. “I just wanted you to own up, pay up and we’d move on,” Duncan told Charles A. Banks IV during a victim impact statement at Banks’ sentencing in federal court. “You wouldn’t, so now we’re here with this in front of a judge.”
In a separate four-page statement, Duncan said he never wanted to see his name in the papers again after his 19-year NBA career ended, taking pride in being a private individual who spent time in the spotlight only because he had to, to make a living that would last him for the rest of his life. “I also prided myself on not being the stereotypical dumb athlete that can easily be taken advantage of,” the statement said, adding he put together a team “to keep eyes on each other to make sure I wouldn’t be another athlete sitting in this exact predicament at some point.”
Andre Iguodala has become the foremost target in an attempt weaken the Golden State Warriors’ chokehold on the NBA, league sources have told ESPN. The Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, LA Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz are among the teams interested in the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, sources tell ESPN. It is not yet known if Iguodala will take meetings.
ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported that the Spurs are attempting to create salary-cap flexibility to pursue Chris Paul this summer, and a combo acquisition of the Clippers’ All-Star point guard and Iguodala has been discussed internally, sources say. The Spurs have made LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green available for trades, according to sources.