Spurs owner Peter J. Holt on Tuesday told fans not to worry: The team isn’t going anywhere. A plan to have the Spurs play a few games in Austin, 80 miles away, had raised local anxiety that the owners may be considering moving the team. “I want to reassure you that the Spurs are in San Antonio to stay,” Holt said in a message posted on Twitter.
Tom Orsborn: Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff reacting to Peter J. Holt's letter to San Antonio: "I don't think it could have been said any better. It was coming from the heart about his love for San Antonio. I'm more confident than ever before that they will stay right here in San Antonio."
Perez said the Spurs went in front of the commissioners court to avoid triggering the non-relocation term in their agreement with the county, which would lead to a roughly $130 million penalty if it is imposed. He said the games would be intended to “further our regional market,” and to expand the franchise’s business. The Spurs are a bottom-10 media market in the NBA and want to expand the size of their reach from just its home city to a radius spanning Austin and Monterrey in Mexico. They have already made moves in that attempt. They signed a partnership with Viva Aerobus, a Mexican airline, and have had staff deployed in Austin for more than a year to figure out how to engage Spurs fans in that market. The Spurs’ naming rights partnership has also ended and it is searching for a new naming rights partnership for its home arena.
Perez also told the commissioners that the Spurs’ recent equity sales in the franchise — which brought in Michael Dell, Sixth Street and Joe Gebbia as minority owners — actually increased the size of the Holt family’s ownership stake and its control of the franchise. Perez faced a persistent line of questioning from commissioners about the Spurs’ desire to stay in San Antonio. When asked by commissioner Rebeca Clay-Fores about the Spurs’ commitment to San Antonio, Perez responded: “Our commitment is we are staying in San Antonio” and reiterated Buford’s statement. County Judge Nelson W. Wolff was dismayed by the 3-2 vote splitting the court and still seemed dubious of what the Spurs’ long-term plans may be. “That’s not a good sign,” Wolff said. “It shows you that there’s a divided opinion in this community as to the intention of the Spurs and there’s a lot of concern about just what the heck you’re doing.”
May 18, 2022 | 1:01 am EDT Update
Talks between Irving, Marks and Nets owner Joe Tsai have yet to happen. “I look forward to [it],” Marks told YES Network. “We have not had a conversation yet. So I look forward to getting in a room with him and Joe and his team, and we will. We’ll see what it looks like for Kyrie moving forward here, and what he needs from us and so forth. “So, again, it wouldn’t be right for me to comment on what hypothetical could happen, because we don’t know. We haven’t had those conversations with Kyrie yet. But when they do, we’ll see if it’s the right fit for both sides.”
If Irving opts out, he would be eligible for a four-year, $189.7 million extension or even a five-year, $245.6 million deal, with only the Nets able to offer him the fifth year. If he picks up his option, he could ink extensions of either three or four years, picking up in 2023-24, but that would require leaving more than $5 million on the table next season. The Nets should be expected to try to protect themselves, either with a shorter deal or baked-in incentives. Irving’s current four-year, $136 million deal contains a total of $4.3 million in incentives, per Spotrac, with $3 million of that so-called “unlikely bonuses.”
Butler scored 27 of his 41 points in the second half, and a huge third quarter by the Heat carried them to a 118-107 win over the short-handed Boston Celtics 118-107 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. “Jimmy Butler is an elite competitor,” Spoelstra said. “There’s a lot of guys in this league that are playing basketball. He’s competing to win. That’s a totally different thing and he does that as well as anybody in this league.”
Tyler Herro scored 18 and Gabe Vincent added 17 for the Heat, who outscored Boston 39-14 in the third quarter. Butler had 17 alone in the third, outscoring the Celtics by himself over those 12 minutes. Boston shot 2 for 15 in that third quarter. “We won three quarters other than that, but obviously that one is going to stand out,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “We semi-bounced back in the fourth and started to play well again and matched their physicality, but 39-14 on 2-for-15 is tough to overcome.”
The Celtics became unglued in the third quarter of their Game 1 matchup against the Miami Heat and a lot of that was the team’s own doing according to head coach Ime Udoka. All season long, Udoka has prided himself on trying to make the Celtics be a team that doesn’t get caught up in battling with the officials. However, as the Celtics watched the Heat erupt for a 39-14 third quarter explosion, Udoka “We all got caught up in officiating a little bit in that quarter when they got physical,” Udoka admitted. “Instead of trying to make the right play, drive and kick, get to the basket, we were looking for fouls, and that led to some of those turnovers.”
“Got out-physicaled, got out-toughed,” Udoka said. “They looked like they came out in the second half and wanted to up their physicality and aggression on both ends, and they did that. I don’t think we obviously responded well on either end of the floor. We had eight of our 16 turnovers in that quarter, played in the crowd on offense, got sped up. And then defensively, offensive rebounds, getting muscled around in the post. Some poor fouls got them to the free throw line. “So, flipped very quickly and just lost our composure. We won three quarters other than that, but obviously that one is going to stand out. We semi-bounced back in the fourth and started to play well again and matched their physicality, but 39-14 on 2-for-15 is tough to overcome.”