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May 26, 2015 Updates

“Teams are switching more,” says Danny Ainge, the Celtics GM. “And that means the post-up is still relevant.” Brutalize the switch, and a team may ditch the idea — unshackling the pick-and-roll again. Posting up against mismatches isn’t just for big guys, either. The Rockets know Terry can’t stick with Curry, but they can’t slide him over to Thompson or Harrison Barnes, either. Those guys aren’t high-volume post-up killers, but they’ve shown they’re just polished enough to do back-to-the-basket damage against shrimps. You don’t have to be great. You just have to be competent. That competence has been a crucial ingredient for Golden State in this series against Terry, and in past playoff series against Tony Parker and Ty Lawson. Grantland

May 25, 2015 Updates

The Grizzlies have one major task this summer: keeping Gasol. The 29-year-old plans to hit unrestricted free agency for the first time and teams are lining up to make pitches. Whether or not San Antonio gets in the game, as many have speculated, someone is likely to make a tempting offer. But Gasol is a perfect for the Grizz, on the court and temperamentally, and it will take a lot for him to leave. If he is re-signed Memphis then needs to look long and hard at its wings. NBA.com

May 24, 2015 Updates

One of the teams that could be in the mix for Hunter’s services are the Boston Celtics. The franchise holds the No. 16, 28, 33 and 45 overall picks in the draft and could potentially snag the guard with one of their earlier selections. Hunter is intrigued by the Celtics’ young core and impressed with head coach Brad Stevens. “I love Boston,” Hunter said. “I love what Brad’s doing. He’s a young coach and I grew up watching him. I talked to him yesterday and I’m going to have a workout with them. I’m not sure [when] yet. But I like where they’re moving. They have young talent and know how to play. Kind of like a young [San Antonio] Spurs team in the making.” Basketball Insiders

May 23, 2015 Updates

Minneapolis' Royce White, a 2012 NBA first round pick, is on the comeback trail. He's training with former Timberwolves guard and Eden Prairie girls coach/43 Hoops AAU coach Chris Carr. White was drafted by Houston, traded to Philadelphia, released, and signed two 10-day contracts with Sacramento in March 2014. Now a free agent, he has offers from the Clippers and Spurs to play on their summer league teams, and interest from others. On his comeback, White said, "I don't even believe in that, in case it doesn't work out, it's gonna work out, it's gonna work out." KSTP

May 21, 2015 Updates

Tim Salier, Spurs Sports & Entertainment Vice President of Franchise Business Operations, was named the 2015 NBA Development League Team Executive of the Year today. NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner made the announcement at the league’s Sales & Marketing Meetings in Austin. The NBA Development League Team Executive of the Year is determined by peer voting and teams are not allowed to vote for themselves. “We are very pleased to honor Tim with the Team Executive of the Year Award in recognition of his tremendous contributions to the NBA D-League, the NBA and the Austin community,” said Turner. “Under Tim’s leadership, the Austin Spurs have become a prime example of a how an NBA D-League team should be run to both benefit its NBA parent club and be independently successful.” NBA.com

May 20, 2015 Updates
May 19, 2015 Updates

The Spurs will feel out Memphis center Marc Gasol, too, but the prevailing belief now is that Aldridge is more likely to change teams. The Trail Blazers' hope is that the Texas native will be enticed by the five-year, $107 million deal they can offer as opposed to the four-year, $82 million that other suitors will have on the table. But that home-team advantage has been greatly diminished by the looming spike in the salary cap in 2016. Aldridge, 29, will strongly consider doing a two-year deal with a player option for '16-'17 that would get him back to the market in a position to make tens of millions more at the new max. CBSSports.com

May 18, 2015 Updates

All indications are that the Spurs are planning for them [Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili] to be back in some capacity. The only question is what sort of contracts are they going to sign and for how long, and thereby how much money are they going to have to spend on the free agent market... But make no mistake about it: The Spurs plan to spend that money to go after another quality piece. Bleacher Report

Paul Garcia: Ric Bucher says "indications" are Duncan, Manu will be back with the Spurs. Again, nothing from SA side yet. Either Bucher is right, or Bleacher Report just took an incredible leap in breaking this Manu/Duncan news so early in the offseason. / RT: Bleacher Report: Insider buzz: Manu Ginobili & Tim Duncan will return to the Spurs to “keep the band together” http://ble.ac/1ebIbtd Twitter @PaulGarciaPS

 

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