San Antonio Spurs Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski on why the rumors about LaMarcus Aldridge’s future started in San Antonio: “I don’t know where that’s coming from. They’re in a ‘win now” mindset. … I’m not sure he’s ever really happy. He’s not happy in Portland because he doesn’t have a supporting cast. Then, they draft an All-Star point guard and he’s not happy…”
Popovich would admit he’s never been a fan of mid-game interviews, but he holds a special place in his heart for Sager, who continues to inspire the Hall-of-Fame coach with his persistent optimism in the face of adversity. “He’s somebody who’s endured more than I can even imagine,” said Popovich. “All the treatment he’s gone through, and it seems to go up and down, and up and down. He’s high and then he’s dejected because of what’s going on with his health. He’s been through it all, and he still smiles, he still jokes. He’s still got a great sense of humor. You can still talk to him about anything. He’s just an iconic and weird and wonderful guy all at the same time, and I mean that lovingly.”
Uber and the San Antonio Spurs are teaming up to make it easier for fans to support their team this season. As the Official Ride of the San Antonio Spurs, Uber offers access to a safe, reliable form of transportation to and from the AT&T Center. Starting on Saturday, October 29 for the Spurs 2016-17 home opener, the AT&T Center will have a designated zone along the south side of the arena for Uber pickup and drop-off on game days. Locations are subject to change.
One wrinkle in the current proposed deal, according to sources familiar with it: Cap holds attached to free agents coming off rookie contracts could jump to 250 and 300 percent of their prior salaries, up from 200 and 250 percent, to prevent teams from arranging wink-wink deals as San Antonio and Detroit did with Kawhi Leonard and Andre Drummond, respectively: “Hang in free agency as a cheapo cap hold, and we’ll sign everyone else first.” That extra few million matters for teams scrounging max cap space. As of now, cap holds attached to players with more experience would stay the same, per league sources. That could change, of course. But the status quo would be huge for Golden State, which is counting on Stephen Curry’s under-market cap hold — $18 million, way below his $30-million-plus max salary — to fit Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston.