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Your weekly San Antonio Spurs fix from training camp to the postseason. ProjectSpurs.com's Paul Garcia brings you the latest in Spurs news, game recaps and more.

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    Spurscast Ep. 661: Dejounte Murray Trade to Hawks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 65:35

    Spurscast: Dejounte Murray Trade to Hawks In this emergency Spurscast episode 661/Project Spurs Round Table, Spurscast host Paul Garcia, Project Spurs staff members Joe Garcia, Benjamin Bornstein, Vickie Villareal, and Evan Townsend discuss:  The Spurs agreeing to trade Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks for future picks What will the Spurs do with their cap space now? Will other veteran players be moved via trade? What will happen with Keldon Johnson's possible contract extension? Other offseason notes and more Murray to be traded to Atlanta Wednesday the San Antonio Spurs and Hawks agreed in principal to send Dejounte Murray to Atlanta for Danilo Gallinari, three future first round picks, and a future pick swap. What will the Spurs do with their cap space now? Once the trade with Murray and Gallinari is completed after July 6, the Spurs can still open over $30 million in cap space depending on what they do with free agents and players on non-guaranteed deals. Should the Spurs sign free agents to fill out the roster, or should they be a team ready to take on contracts via trade for more future draft picks? Will other veteran players be moved via trade? Now that the Spurs are indeed headed toward a rebuild, will veteran players like Jakob Poeltl, Doug McDermott, and Josh Richardson be moved too via trade? What will happen with Keldon Johnson's possible contract extension? The Spurs have until late October to extend Johnson's contract. Will they make that move in the coming months, or will they let Johnson become a restricted free agent like Lonnie Walker IV just became? Ad disclaimer:  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 660 The Spurs Before Free Agency Begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 39:00

    In Spurscast episode 660, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss:  The state of the Spurs' roster before free agency The three ways the Spurs can use their cap space The State of the Spurs' Roster The Spurs will enter free agency Thursday with 15 players under contract barring players being traded or waived before Thursday. Tre Jones, Keita Bates-Diop, and Jock Landale all have non-guaranteed contracts. The Spurs can have up to 20 players on their roster in the offseason, but before opening night of the regular season, their roster needs to be trimmed to 15 players and two players on two-way contracts at maximum. The Spurs have decisions to make on whether they'll make Lonnie Walker IV, Joe Wieskamp, Devontae Cacok, Robert Woodard II, and DJ Stewart restricted free agents. Those decisions has to be made by Wednesday June 29. The Spurs' Three Options with Cap Space The Spurs can go with one or a mixture of the following options regarding their cap space this offseason: Sign free agents - With the ability to open up to $34.4 million in cap space, the Spurs could choose to use their cap space to sign a free agent or multiple free agents. Are they a team that throws a max offer sheet at Deandre Ayton? Trade for players on multiple year deals - The Spurs could use their cap space to acquire a player already under contract via trade. John Collins' name has been mentioned in trade rumors, though the latest reporting has Dejounte Murray included in a hypothetical deal. Use cap space to acquire future picks by taking on contracts - Similar to how the Spurs used their cap space to acquire Al-Farouq Aminu and Thaddeus Young from Chicago for future draft picks in the deal with DeMar DeRozan last year, the Spurs could go with a similar route to acquire players under contract for future picks. The New York Knicks have reportedly been trying to move veteran players under contract like Alec Burks and Evan Fournier.  Ad disclaimer:  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 659: Hours Before the NBA Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 32:04

    In Spurscast episode 659, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss:  The latest draft rumors Draft prospects in the 9th, 20th, 25th, and 38th pick ranges hours before the draft. The Latest Draft Rumors Will the San Antonio Spurs try to trade up to the 4th pick with the Sacramento Kings for a chance at drafting Keegan Murray? That's one of the rumors addressed in the episode. Another rumor discussed would be if the Spurs might try to package the 20th and 25th picks to get a pick in the 11th through 17th draft range.  Draft Prospects in the 9th Pick Range Draft prospects discussed in the 9th pick range are: Ousmane Dieng (Mock average 12th) Jalen Duren (Mock average 11th) Dyson Daniels (Mock average 8th) Johnny Davis (Mock average 10th) AJ Griffin (Mock average 11th) Shaedon Sharpe (Mock average 8th) Draft Prospects in the 20th Pick Range Draft prospects discussed in the 20th pick range are: Blake Wesley (Mock average 21st) Nikola Jovic (Mock average 25th) TyTy Washington (Mock average 20th) Dalen Terry (Mock average 23rd) EJ Liddell (Mock average 23rd) Jalen Williams (Mock average 16th) Jaden Hardy (Mock average 24th) Draft Prospects in the 25th Pick Range Draft prospects discussed in the 25th pick range are: Walker Kessler Jaden Hardy EJ Liddell Kennedy Chandler Christian Braun Ismael Kamagate Draft Prospects in the 38th Pick Range Draft prospects discussed in the 38th pick range are: MarJon Beauchamp Christian Koloko Caleb Houstan Andrew Nembhard Max Christie Jaylin Williams Gabriele Procida Ad Disclaimer:  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 658: Less Than Two Weeks from the Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 54:56

    Spurscast: Less Than Two Weeks from the Draft In Spurscast episode 658, Spurscast host Paul Garcia, Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein, and former Project Spurs writer Trevor Zickgraf discuss:  If the Spurs should try to trade up in the draft Draft prospects with the 9th pick Draft prospects with the 20th pick Draft prospects with the 25th pick Draft prospects with the 38th pick in the second round Trading Up In the event Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero fell to 4th in the NBA Draft, do the San Antonio Spurs have a trade package that would intrigue the Sacramento Kings into trading the 4th pick? Keegan Murray of Iowa and Shaedon Sharpe of Kentucky are draft prospects projected to be drafted before 9th, the Spurs' first round pick. Should San Antonio try to move up via trade to try and get in position to draft one of those two prospects? Draft Prospects with the 9th Pick Draft prospects mentioned in the 9th pick range are: Benedict Mathurin, a 6'6" player out of Arizona, whose mock average is 8th. Jalen Duren, a 6'11" player out of Memphis, whose mock average is 11th. Jeremy Sochan, a 6'9" player out of Baylor, whose mock average is 12th, and the Spurs reportedly have interest in. Dyson Daniels, a 6'6" G-League Ignite player, whose mock average is 8th, and the Spurs reportedly have interest in. Ousmane Dieng, a 6'9" player from the New Zealand Breakers, whose mock average is 14th. Draft Prospects with the 20th Pick Draft prospects mentioned in the 20th pick range are: Nikola Jovic Jalen Williams Jaden Hardy Kennedy Chandler Patrick Baldwin Jr. Draft Prospects with the 25th Pick Draft prospects mentioned in the 25th pick range are: Jaden Hardy Kendall Brown Kennedy Chandler Dalen Terry Patrick Baldwin Jr. Christian Braun Ryan Rollins Caleb Houstan Draft Prospects with the 38th Pick in the Second Round Draft prospects mentioned in the 38th pick range of the second round are: Wendell Moore Jr. Max Christie Caleb Houstan John Butler Khalifa Diop Other draft prospects discussed in the episode are: Johnny Davis Tari Eason Blake Wesley EJ Liddell Walker Kessler MarJon Beauchamp Jake LaRavia Christian Koloko Leonard Miller Gabriele Procida Peyton Watson David Roddy Josh Minott Ad Disclaimer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NJ/ NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 657: How Would Trades Work This Offseason?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 14:16

    Episode Title: Spurscast: How Would Trades Work This Offseason? In Spurscast episode 657, Spurscast host Paul Garcia discusses:  How trades would work with the Spurs' first-round picks How a sign-and-trade deal would work with Lonnie Walker IV How trades would work with players on non-guaranteed deals How trades would work with players on guaranteed deals How do trades work with draft picks? The San Antonio Spurs will have four draft picks in the June draft: the 9th pick, the 20th pick, the 25th pick, and the 38th pick in the second round. In the episode, you'll hear how the Spurs would be able to trade these picks either before or after the draft and what the cap hold amount for each pick means in the different trade scenarios. How would a sign-and-trade deal work with Lonnie Walker IV? In the event, Lonnie Walker IV wanted to move on from San Antonio this summer in free agency, rather than sign an offer sheet with another team, another way Walker IV could end up on a new team is if he, the Spurs, and the new team worked on a sign-and-trade deal together. How do trades work involving the players on non-guaranteed players? This offseason, Zach Collins, Keita Bates-Diop, Tre Jones, and Jock Landale are all on non-guaranteed deals. The way their deals would work in a trade are discussed in the episode. The players on guaranteed deals While there's no reporting the Spurs are looking to move any of the players on guaranteed deals, the scenario is explored in the episode in the event the Spurs were to move a player via trade on a guaranteed deal. Ad Disclaimer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisi by s counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Pre-Lottery Questions and 2nd Round Draft Prospects

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 37:02

    Title: Spurscast: Pre-Lottery Questions and 2nd Round Draft Prospects In Spurscast episode 656, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss:  Social media questions about the Spurs before the lottery Second-round draft prospects Pre-Lottery Questions With the NBA Draft Lottery coming up Tuesday, May 17, we asked Spurs fans to send some pre-lottery questions through social media. Some of the questions were got were what would it take to land a Top-3 pick via trade if the Spurs don't get a Top-3 pick in the lottery, whether the Spurs will use the draft-and-stash route with one of their picks, and a question about draft prospect Tari Eason of LSU. Second Round Draft Prospects In Spurscast episode 655, first-round draft prospects were mainly discussed in the episode. This week we take a look at some players projected to get drafted in the second round with the Spurs having the 38th pick in round two. Players discussed in this discussion are: Kennedy Chandler of Tennessee Leonard Miller of Fort Erie International Academy David Roddy of Colorado State Justin Lewis of Marquette Harrison Ingram of Stanford Max Christie of Michigan State Jake LaRavia of Wake Forest Dyson Daniels of the G-League Ignite and Nikola Jovic of Mega Mozzart are discussed when reviewing first-round draft prospects. In the final segment, the draft lottery odds are discussed from best to worst odds. The Spurs have a 50.7% chance of landing the 9th pick, 25.9% chance of landing the 10th pick, and a 5.7% chance of landing the 4th pick. Those are their Top-3 best odds of entering the lottery. Ad Disclaimer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisi by s counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat  (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 655: Early Preview of Draft Prospects in First Round for Spurs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 43:17

    Title: Spurscast: Early Preview of Draft Prospects in First Round for Spurs In Spurscast episode 655, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss:  Who the Spurs should draft if they end up with a Top-4 lottery pick Draft prospects with the 9th pick Draft prospects with the 20th pick Draft prospects with the 25th pick Who should the Spurs draft if they end up with a Top-4 pick? There's no consensus number one overall pick according to different mock drafts, but one of these two players are projected to go first - Jabari Smith of Auburn, or Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga. Paolo Banchero of Duke is projected to go third and Jaden Ivey from Purdue is expected to go fourth. In the episode, Bornstein and I discuss different scenarios of who the Spurs should draft if they end up with one of the Top-4 picks. Draft Prospects in the 9th pick range The following players are mentioned on different mocks in the 9th pick range: Johnny Davis of Wisconsin Jalen Duren of Memphis TyTy Washington of Kentucky Ousmane Dieng of the New Zealand Breakers Bennedict Mathurin of Arizona AJ Griffin of Duke Draft Prospects in the 20th pick range The following players are mentioned on different mocks in the 20th pick range: Jaden Hardy of G-League Ignite Kennedy Chandler of Tennessee EJ Liddell of Ohio State MarJon Beauchamp of G-League Ignite Wendell Moore Jr. of Duke Kendall Brown of Baylor Ousmane Dieng of the New Zealand Breakers Draft Prospects in the 25th pick range The following players are mentioned on different mocks in the 25th pick range: Walker Kessler of Auburn Kennedy Chandler of Tennessee Patrick Baldwin Jr. of Milwaukee Christian Braun of Kansas Wendell Moore Jr. of Duke Kendall Brown of Baylor Jalen Williams of Santa Clara  Ad Disclaimer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 654: Spurs' Cap Space Scenarios

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 36:05

    Episode Title: Spurscast: Spurs' Cap Space Scenarios  In Spurscast episode 654, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss:  The Spurs' different cap space scenarios going into free agency 11 Players Projected to be on Guaranteed Deals The San Antonio Spurs will go into the offseason with eight players on guaranteed contracts next season in Dejounte Murray, Doug McDermott, Josh Richardson, Jakob Poeltl, Romeo Langford, Devin Vassell, Josh Primo, and Keldon Johnson. The Spurs will also have three first-round picks with their projected 9th lottery pick, the 20th pick from Toronto, and the 25th pick from Boston. From now until the Spurs draft and then sign a player with those picks or trade the pick, the picks have cap holds on the Spurs' salary sheet going into the offseason. So when you combine the three picks with the eight players on guaranteed deals, that's a projected 11 players on guaranteed deals. 4 Players with Partially/Non-Guaranteed Deals Four Spurs players will enter the offseason with partially or non-guaranteed deals in Zach Collins (partial guarantee), Tre Jones, Keita Bates-Diop, and Jock Landale. Each player's salary and guarantee date are discussed in the episode, as well as early predictions as to whether the Spurs will keep the player on the roster next season or waive the player in the offseason. 5 Players Entering Free Agency Five Spurs players will be entering free agency in Lonnie Walker IV, Joe Wieskamp, Devontae Cacok, DJ Stewart Jr., and Robert Woodard II. The Spurs can make any of these players restricted free agents by tending the player a qualifying offer by June 29. The Cap Space Projections The Spurs will have multiple cap space projections to explore being able to open anywhere from $16 to $37 million in cap space depending on what decisions they make with the players on non-guaranteed deals and the players entering free agency. Ad Disclaimer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat  (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 653: The End of the Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 42:12

    Spurscast: The End of the Season In Spurscast episode 653, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs Director of Digital Content Joe Garcia discuss:  The Spurs' season ended with a play-in loss to the New Orleans Pelicans Where the Spurs finished the season on both ends of the court An early look at important dates for the offseason calendar An initial look at the roster going into the offseason Season Ends in the Play-In Loss to Pelicans The San Antonio Spurs' 2021-2022 season ended in a 10-point loss on the road in New Orleans Wednesday. On a night when the Spurs' two go-to players struggled and the team fell behind by 21 points, the Spurs didn't give up easily and fought back to get within six points of the Pelicans. New Orleans eventually made plays down the stretch and that was enough to close the Spurs' season. Strengths and Weaknesses this Season With the season over, the Spurs can now look back at their strengths and weaknesses as a team with their first season of letting the young core take the keys to the car with multiple veterans off the team. The Spurs finished 17th on offense and 16th on defense, and in the episode, their Top-10 and Bottom-10 areas are analyzed to determine what team needs will be going into next season. Initial Offseason Calendar The dates of the NBA Draft Lottery, the NBA Draft, and dates when players can become restricted free agents are discussed in the episode as the team heads toward the quiet part of the offseason. Early Outlook of Roster Going into Offseason Barring trades, the Spurs are projected to have 11 players on guaranteed deals next season when you count their three first round picks. The team also has decisions to make on four players who have partially guaranteed or non-guaranteed contracts. With a team already full, the Spurs will have to address which players who are entering free agency they'd like to try to bring back.  DISCLAIMER FOR AD If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat  (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 652: The Spurs are in the Play-In Tournament

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2022 35:13

    Title: Spurscast: The Spurs are in the Play-In Tournament  In Spurscast episode 652, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss:  The Spurs' 8-2 record in the last 10 games The team making the Play-In Tournament  Keldon Johnson's streak of 20 point games Zach Collins and Josh Richardson's play lately Welcome to the Play-In Tournament After going 8-2 in their last 10 games and getting some help from the Phoenix Suns in defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs have officially qualified for the 2022 Play-In tournament. The Spurs will play the New Orleans Pelicans, but the question that still needs to be answered is who will be the 9th seed and host the play-in game? The Pelicans have a one game lead ahead of the Spurs in the standings and for the Spurs, the path to passing New Orleans in challenging, but there's still at least three paths available. The Play-In tournament will take place next week from April 12-15. Keldon Johnson's 20-Point Game Streak Since March 23, Keldon Johnson has scored between 20 and 28 points in seven straight games. In the episode, Johnson's shot selection has changed lately and what his 20-point streak could mean for the future. Zach Collins and Josh Richardson's Play Lately With the Spurs being 8-2 in their last 10 games, two players who have been part of the rotation during this stretch are Zach Collins and Josh Richardson. Both players weren't originally part of the opening day lineup, but they've fit in quite well in just a short amount of time. Collins has returned from injury that kept him out of games over the last two years and Richardson was acquired via trade at the trade deadline. The offense and defense both players are bringing to the floor are discussed in the episode.  Show notes for ad: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 651: Remembering Michael DeLeon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 162:12

    In Spurscast episode 651, Remembering Project Spurs founder Michael DeLeon. On Monday, March 21, 2022, Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon passed away at the age of 45 battling cancer. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Michael's family as they go through this very difficult time in their lives. Throughout his career, Michael helped numerous journalists get their starts in the media business, even if it meant moving on from the Project Spurs Network over time. In this special Spurscast episode dedicated to Michael, Spurscast host Paul Garcia speaks with multiple current and former Project Spurs members about the impact Michael had on their lives. Spurscast guests: Jeff Garcia  Stephen Michael  John Diaz Joe Garcia Aaron Preine Benjamin Bornstein Jeff Cerda Victoria Villareal Collin Reid Josh Paredes Jonas Clark Tom Petrini Rocky Garza Jr. Music for this episode was created and produced by Vincent Garcia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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    Spurscast Ep. 650: Keldon Johnson's Improved Scoring

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2022 31:40

    In Spurscast episode 650, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer and editor Stephen Michael discuss:  The Spurs in the last four games Doug McDermott expected to miss the rest of the season Keldon Johnson's improved scoring post-trade deadline The Last Four Games The San Antonio Spurs went 2-2 in their last four games with wins against the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder, while suffering losses to the Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves. In the win against the Jazz, not only did the Spurs come back from a 15-point deficit, but the win also put Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich in NBA history with 1,336 all-time regular-season wins. By going .500 in their last four games, the Spurs have moved closer to trying to get into the play-in game, while that means on the other end their lottery odds decreased with an improved record. McDermott Expected to Miss Remainder of Season Wednesday the Spurs announced forward Doug McDermott is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with a grade 3 right ankle sprain. With McDermott out, Josh Richardson is expected to start for the final 12 games of the season. McDermott's play this season is discussed in the episode, as well as what the team looks like with a small ball starting five having Jakob Poeltl and four guards now in the starting lineup going forward. Keldon Johnson's Improved Scoring Since the Spurs traded Derrick White in early February, Keldon Johnson's scoring has increased from 15 to 20 points per game. Johnson is attempting more three-point attempts during the timeframe, while still shooting accurately from beyond the arc. Johnson has improved his shot selection in the paint and his accuracy in the paint has increased as well. Johnson's amount of wide-open 3-point attempts have decreased post-trade deadline. That could be for one of two reasons: a) defenses are not letting him get as many wide open looks or b) in trading White, the Spurs only have Dejounte Murray to break down the defense to get shooters open shots consistently. DraftKings If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 649: The Spurs' Road to Making the Play-In Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2022 27:57

    In Spurscast episode 649, Spurscast host Paul Garcia discusses:  The Spurs in their last 7 games Some late-season roster moves by the Spurs The Spurs' chances of making the play-in game The Spurs in their last 7 Games The San Antonio Spurs went 2-5 in their last seven games, with wins against the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards, and losses to the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, and Toronto Raptors. The loss to the Kings was the one that stung since the Spurs were projected to go 3-4 in their last seven games, but instead went 2-5. Through 66 games of the season, the Spurs are 25-41, with a league-average offense and the 19th ranked defense. The Spurs are still close to the Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans for the 9th and 10th seeds that would allow San Antonio to be in the play-in tournament. Some players discussed in the episode are Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker IV, Jakob Poeltl, and Devin Vassell. Each players' play in the last 11 games is examined since the trade deadline, where there's been more opportunity with Derrick White now off the team. Late Season Roster Moves The Spurs made some late-season roster moves recently, by agreeing to a buyout agreement with Tomas Satoransky, converting the two-way contracts of Joe Wieskamp and Devontae Cacok to standard NBA contracts, and finally, signing DJ Stewart Jr. and Robert Woodard II to two-way contracts. Each move is discussed in the episode as well as the Spurs' cap space projections for this summer. The Spurs' Chances of Making the Play-In Game With just 16 regular-season games remaining, the Spurs are 3.5 games behind the Lakers for the 9th seed and 2 games behind the Pelicans for the 10th seed. The Lakers are projected to go 7-10 in their final 17 games, and if that happens, the Spurs would need to go 11-5 down the stretch to finish with a better record than the Lakers. The Pelicans are projected to go 6-10 in their final 16 games, and if that happens, the Spurs would need to go 8-8 down the stretch. DraftKings If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 648: The All-Star Break

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 24:14

    In Spurscast episode 648, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Rocky Garza Jr. discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs going 3-2 to begin the Rodeo Road Trip. The Spurs' moves at the trade deadline. How the Spurs are playing after the trade deadline Looking ahead to the final 23 games of the regular season The Beginning of the Rodeo Road Trip The San Antonio Spurs have opened the 2022 Rodeo Road Trip with a 3-2 record. The Spurs lost in Cleveland and Chicago, but won in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Oklahoma City. The Spurs' Moves at the Trade Deadline The day before the trade deadline the Spurs traded Juancho Hernangomez to Utah as part of a three team trade that allowed the Spurs to land a 2nd round pick and Tomas Satoransky. The following day on the trade deadline, the Spurs made two trades. They acquired a protected 1st round pick and Goran Dragic from Toronto for Thaddeus Young, Drew Eubanks, and a 2nd round pick. Then, the Spurs traded one of their core players in Derrick White to Boston in exchange for a protected 1st round pick, the rights to swap a future 1st, Josh Richardson, and Romeo Langford. A few days later the Spurs waived Dragic and now have an open roster spot. The team is projected to have anywhere from $12 million to $33 million in cap space this offseason after the trades. Early Success Post Trade Deadline It's a small sample size, but the Spurs are finding success after the trade deadline with a 3-1 record. The Spurs have a Top-5 offense and close to league average defense during the stretch. With more minutes and opportunity, the Spurs have seen improvement from Dejounte Murray, Devin Vassell, Lonnie Walker IV, and Doug McDermott post trade deadline. The Final 23 Games The Spurs have a chance to get 8-9 more wins in their final 23 games because they'll face more opponents with losing records (12) than teams with winning records (11) to close out the season. Will they win enough games to make the playoffs or play-in game, or will they end up in the lottery because they couldn't get into the playoff picture? The next 23 games will allow that story to play out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 647: All-Star Dejounte Murray and Trade Deadline Approaching

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 38:40

    In Spurscast episode 647, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon discuss:  The Spurs in the last five games and Zach Collins' injury return Dejounte Murray being named an NBA All-Star The latest trade rumors involving Thaddeus Young, Jakob Poeltl, and Derrick White The Last 5 Games and Zach Collins' NBA Return In their last five games since the last Spurscast episode, the San Antonio Spurs went 2-3. The Spurs were able to defeat the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, while losing to the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, and Miami Heat. In the Friday game against Houston, Zach Collins made his injury return to finish with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in just 13 minutes. Collins showed how he's a versatile player on offense with four points in the paint, a mid-range make, a pick-and-pop three, and a made free throw. Dejounte Murray, NBA All-Star After not being picked as an All-Star reserve, Dejounte Murray was named an NBA All-Star Monday as an injury replacement player with Draymond Green out for the game. This season Murray is averaging almost 20 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, and 2.1 steals per game. He's one of the top players in the league in assists, triple-doubles, defections, and steals. Murray is also one of the top players at his position in assist percentage, turnover percentage, steals, and rebounding per CleaningTheGlass.com. According to CleaningTheGlass.com, the Spurs play like a 46 win team when Murray is on the floor this season. Murray said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich called him to let him know he was an All-Star and Murray and his family were overcome with emotion. "I wouldn't change it for nothing," said Murray of being drafted by the Spurs with the 29th pick in 2016. "The Spurs organization was perfect for me." Trade Deadline Approaching Thursday With the trade deadline approaching Thursday, Thaddeus Young, Jakob Poeltl, and Derrick White have all been mentioned in trade rumors. The latest trade rumors are discussed in the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 646: Two Weeks Until the Trade Deadline

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 39:08

    In Spurscast episode 646, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss:  The Spurs in the last four games The latest trade rumors with the trade deadline two weeks away Devin Vassell and Jakob Poeltl's strong play lately The Last Four Games The San Antonio Spurs went 1-3 in their last four games, with losses to the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs' lone win over the last four games was a blow out against the Houston Rockets. Defense has been an issue for the team. The Spurs have maintained the 16th ranked offense over the last week, but they've slipped down to 19th on defense. In other team news, Zach Collins is getting closer to his return to the team with more games played in Austin, while Keita Bates-Diop became the latest player on the team to enter health and safety protocols. With Andrew Wiggins being selected as a Western Conference All-Star starter, Dejounte Murray's path to becoming an All-Star might have become more difficult. Trade Rumors Two Weeks Before the Deadline The latest trade rumors have the Spurs being interested in John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks again, the Hawks having interest in Derrick White, and teams calling the Spurs about Murray, White, and Jakob Poeltl. The Spurs also reportedly have interest in Cedi Osman. All of these trade rumors are discussed in the episode. Devin Vassell and Jakob Poeltl's Strong Play Lately In the month of January, Devin Vassell is averaging 14 points per game, making it his best scoring month of the season. Jakob Poeltl has been dominant in the paint in the last six games, averaging 18.7 points per game, with 15.6 of those points from the paint. Vassell and Poeltl's strong play lately and their seasons overall are discussed in the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 645: Spurs Acquire Juan Hernangomez, Trade Bryn Forbes to Denver

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 31:34

    In Spurscast episode 645, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs Director of Digital Content Joe Garcia discuss:  The Spurs in the last four games against Cleveland, the Clippers, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City The Spurs trading Bryn Forbes to Denver in a three-way trade that brings Juan Hernangomez to San Antonio The Spurs when their main three of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Jakob Poeltl are in the same game together The Last Four GamesThe San Antonio Spurs went 2-2 in their last four games with wins by their defense against the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder, and losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. The Spurs are now 17-28 through 45 games of the season with the 16th ranked offense and 17th ranked defense. They finally have their full-rotation back after Tre Jones returned from health and safety protocols. Zach Collins is getting closer to his return after participating in a G-League game with the Austin Spurs, and multiple assistant coaches on the team have entered health and safety protocols. The Three-Team TradeWednesday the Spurs traded Bryn Forbes to Denver in a three-team trade that included the Boston Celtics and Nuggets. For taking on Juan Hernangomez's $6.9 million contract, the Spurs received cash considerations and a protected 2028 second-round pick from Denver. In the episode, Hernagomez's deal is examined for this season and his non-guaranteed salary for next season. Plus, there's a conversation about what realistic playing time he'll get and whether he can be moved again before the February 10 trade deadline. The Main Three of Murray, White, and PoeltlThe Spurs are now 13-14 in 27 games when Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Jakob Poeltl are in the same game together. Since Thanksgiving, the Spurs are 11-6 when those 3 players are in a game together. The Spurs are 6-8 when Murray and White play in crunch time together, a far better record than their 6-13 overall crunch time record. In the episode projected records are discussed if the Spurs can remain healthy for the rest of the season with the three of them. There was also a recent trade rumor involving the Toronto Raptors having interest in Poeltl. The rumor is discussed in the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep.644: Dejounte Murray's All-Star Chances

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 29:00

    In Spurscast episode 644, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss:  The Spurs in the last six games Team updates on players returning from health and safety protocols The 15 game sample size from November to December before players went into health protocols Lonnie Walker IV's aggressive play with multiple rotation players out Dejounte Murray's All-Star chances The Last Six Games The San Antonio Spurs went 1-5 in their last six games since the last Spurscast recording. Along with ending a 7-game road trip, the Spurs had multiple players enter health and safety protocols. The Spurs' most recent game was a return home Wednesday against the Houston Rockets, but the Spurs weren't able to stop the Rockets on defense, and so they were dealt their 26th loss of the season. Players Returning from Health and Safety Protocols In the loss against Houston, Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell returned to the team and exited health protocols. Doug McDermott, who has been out for seven games, has also exited protocols. Derrick White is listed as questionable to play Friday in the Spurs' game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which puts him closer to exiting protocols. Once White is out of protocols, the only rotation player left in protocols is Tre Jones. The 15 Game Sample Size Before Health Protocols From November 24 to December 23, the Spurs were able to play 15 games without any players going into health protocols. During this stretch, the Spurs went 9-6 with the 3rd best offense and 15th ranked defense. In the episode, a discussion takes place examining if this is who the Spurs can be when fully healthy. Lonnie Walker IV's Strong Start to January Since returning from health and safety protocols in January, Lonnie Walker IV has been more aggressive on offense. Lonnie's paint attempts and free throw attempts have increased with more chances at being the second playmaker alongside Murray when White and Johnson were out. Can Walker IV remain aggressive when his teammates return? Dejounte Murray's All-Star Chances In the final topic on the episode, there's a discussion that looks at Murray's chances of making the Western Conference All-Star team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 643: What has changed since after Thanksgiving?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 44:50

    In Spurscast episode 643, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Jonas Clark discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs in their last 8 games Becky Hammon being hired as the new Head Coach of the Las Vegas Aces The Spurs and other teams pushing forward through health and safety protocols What has changed since the Boston game after Thanksgiving? The Last 8 Games and Other Team NewsThe San Antonio Spurs went 4-4 in their last eight games since the last Spurscast recording. While the team is currently on a three game losing streak, they did surpass their expectations in the last eight games. Based on the Vegas game lines, the Spurs were projected to go 3-5 in the last eight games, instead, they went 4-4. Dejounte Murray, Doug McDermott, Lonnie Walker IV, and Devontae Cacok are currently in health and safety protocols. After missing the last four games, Murray is expected to return to the team soon after clearing protocols. With four players in health and safety protocols, the Spurs recently signed Austin Spurs guard Jaylen Morris to a 10-day contract. Becky Hammon to be new Head Coach of Las Vegas AcesNews broke last week that Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon will become the new head coach of the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA. The deal is reportedly the most lucrative deal for a WNBA head coach and Hammon will finish the NBA season with the Spurs. What has changed since the Boston game after Thanksgiving?Since the Boston game on November 26, 2021, the Spurs have gone 10-8 in their last 18 games. While initially it looked like it would be the defense the team relied on, it's actually been the offense. The Spurs rank 6th offensively during the 18-game stretch and overall, they now have the 11th ranked offense. In the episode, a discussion takes place on how Derrick White's improvement, a change in the lineup, and how a number of other players have helped the team improve offensively. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PS Audio Extra: Thaddeus Young's frustration

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 11:04

    Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discusses Thaddeus Young expressing his frustration over playing time on the San Antonio Spurs and how it's possible for neither side to be wrong in a situation like this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 642: The Free Throw Line Battle and Latest Trade Rumors

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 44:36

    In Spurscast episode 642, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Stephen Anderson discuss:  The Spurs in the last four games against the Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, and Charlotte Hornets The Spurs closing the gap in free throw scoring with their opponents Trade rumors involving Thaddeus Young and Bryn Forbes The Last Four Games The San Antonio Spurs went 2-2 in their last four games, and almost as if in a roller coaster sequence. The Spurs picked up a win against the Nuggets last Thursday, then two nights later fell behind by as many as 32 points and lost to Denver. Then the following night, the Spurs defeated the Pelicans, but then days later fell behind by 30 points and lost to the Hornets. In the episode, the Spurs' last four games are discussed, as well as the Spurs' injury report. Closing the Gap from the Free Throw Line With Derrick White's improvement over the last 10 games, the Spurs have seen an increase in free throw makes and attempts. Considering the Spurs are already one of the best teams for the season in not putting opponents on the free throw line, they've closed the gap in free throw scoring. Through 27 games, the Spurs are only being outscored from the free throw line by 5 total points. On a per game basis, they're losing the free throw line by 0.1 points per game, which is practically even. The areas where the Spurs have a big advantage (paint scoring), where they're almost even with opponents (free throw line, mid-range), and where they have their biggest weakness (3-point line) are discussed in the episode. Young and Forbes Trade Rumors Lastly, the latest trade rumors surrounding Thaddeus Young and Bryn Forbes are examined in the episode. A familiar Young to Phoenix rumor is floated that dates back to September, while it appears playoff contenders will be looking into whether or not to try to trade for Forbes before the February 10 deadline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 641: Takeaways from the Four Game Winning Streak

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 38:07

    In Spurscast episode 641, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Evan Townsend discuss the following San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs going 2-2 in their last four games against the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, and New York Knicks Takeaways from the 4-Game Winning Streak Derrick White improving in the last 6 games Lonnie Walker IV's play through 23 games The Spurs blew out the Trail Blazers by 31 points last Thursday. From there, the Spurs continued their road trip with a win against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The Spurs' season best 4-game winning streak was snapped Monday on the road in a loss to the Phoenix Suns, and the Spurs' most recent defeat came at the hands of the New York Knicks Tuesday. Though the win streak is over, there can be some takeaways to see what the Spurs can maintain going forward to find success. A number of different factors contributed to the Spurs finding success. From Derrick White turning back into Derrick White, Jakob Poeltl getting healthy and providing rim protection, Dejounte Murray continuing his stellar play and a few role players having good weeks lately in Doug McDermott and Bryn Forbes. Plus, the Spurs have started to go more and more away from the mid-range shot as of late to help close the gap in 3-point scoring and attack the rim more frequently. Some team injury updates with Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell are discussed in the episode, and some movement with Austin, as Josh Primo has started to earn minutes with San Antonio as the team deals with injuries. Meanwhile, Jock Landale will be going to Austin for the first time this season. After his breakout game against the Warriors with 21 points, Lonnie Walker IV scored just 9 points combined in the last two games. Walker IV's season through 23 games is discussed on both ends, as well as the chances he'll be a longtime player with the Spurs since he'll become a free agent this offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 640: Two Wins in a Row and the Backup Center Position

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 32:22

    In Spurscast episode 640, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Rocky Garza Jr. discuss:  The Spurs going 1-0 in their last game against the Washington Wizards Commonalities in the Spurs' 2-game winning streak The backup center position between Drew Eubanks and Thaddeus Young Trade scenarios for Young 1-0 in last game against Washington The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Wizards by 18 points Monday night for their first winning streak of the season. The Spurs once again used lockdown defense to hold the Wizards below 100 points. Derrick White had a season high 24 points and the Spurs picked up their first win of the season when falling into a double digit hole. Commonalities in the Spurs' 2-game winning streak It's just two wins, but that's a big deal for a Spurs team that hadn't been able to do that so far this season. Commonalities on offense and defense are analyzed from the Spurs' victories over the Boston Celtics and Wizards in the episode. Jakob Poeltl being back, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White each averaging over 20 points in the last two games, and Keita Bates-Diop starting are also reasons why the team has been finding success lately. The Backup Center Position So far this season the backup center position has been between Drew Eubanks and Thaddeus Young. While both players have been averaging similar minutes per game, Eubanks has played in all 19 games while Young sat out three games earlier in the season due to a decision by the coaching staff. The play of both players is discussed in the episode and the roles each player has on the team. In the event Young is traded at some point during the season, some teams with trade exceptions or cap space large enough to absorb his salary are discussed in the episode. The Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, and Orlando Magic all have large enough trade exceptions to absorb Young's $14.1 million salary. The Oklahoma City Thunder can open cap space to take in Young's salary by renouncing their trade exceptions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PS Audio Extra: Spurs' Break-out Candidates Check-In One Month In

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 15:26

    Collin Reid evaluates his break-out candidates one month into the season to see if any of them are on track for a break-out season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 639: Can the Spurs get back into the Top 10 defensively?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 23:05

    In Spurscast episode 639, Spurscast host Paul Garcia discusses the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs going 1-3 in their last four games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, and Boston Celtics Can the Spurs get back to a Top 10 defensive level? Tre Jones' start to Year 2 Keldon Johnson's improved 3-point shooting 1-3 in Last 4 GamesThe San Antonio Spurs snapped their 6-game losing streak Friday with a close win against the Boston Celtics. In the episode, the Spurs' losses to the Timberwolves, Suns, and Hawks are discussed, as well as the surprising win against Boston. The Spurs are now 5-13 through 18 games. They're 3.5 games behind the Timberwolves in the standings for 10th out West and in 5th for the best lottery odds. Doug McDermott and Devin Vassell's recent injuries are also discussed in the episode. Can the defense get back to a Top 10 level?During their 6-game losing streak, the Spurs' defense had started to slip, allowing opponents to score over 110 points in 5 of those 6 games. The Spurs showed on one night Friday against the Celtics they can become a Top 10 defense, after they held the Celtics to just 88 points. The defense through 18 games is analyzed by where the Spurs are elite, where they're average, and where they're bottom 10 and need to improve to get back to a Top 10 level. Tre Jones' Start to Year 2Tre Jones' start to his second year of his career is discussed. While Jones is known for his defense, he's been very efficient with his shot selection in the paint and he's making those paint shots at a very accurate number early in the season. Keldon Johnson's Improvement from 3-Point RangeWhile his attempts are still low, Keldon Johnson has drastically improved his 3-point accuracy. He's now making 39% of his attempts from outside, which is the second most accurate number on the team among rotation players. This is also shown in the wide-open 3s data. 70% of Johnson's 3-point attempts were attempted wide open at one point during the season. Now, that number is down to just 55% of his attempts being attempted wide open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 637: Dejounte Murray's Strong Start to the Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 28:29

    In Spurscast episode 638, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon discuss the latest with the San Antonio Spurs:  The San Antonio Spurs going 0-2 in Los Angeles against the Lakers and Clippers. Dejounte Murray's strong start to the season, despite the team's struggles. The Spurs' 3-point shooting through 14 games, and why the amount they're getting outscored by from outside is very concerning. 0-2 in Los Angeles The San Antonio Spurs' losing streak extended to three after two losses in a row in Los Angeles Sunday against the Lakers, and Tuesday against the Clippers. The Spurs are now 4-10 through 14 games and while they are struggling, they're still just two games behind the Sacramento Kings in the standings for the 10th seed. Getting the 10th seed would put the Spurs in the play-in game. Jakob Poeltl and Jock Landale's injury statuses are also discussed in the episode. Dejounte Murray's Strong Start to the Season Dejounte Murray is leading the Spurs in scoring, collecting assists, deflections, steals, and defensive rebounds. While different players on the team have had a number of games where they've struggled, Murray has been the most consistent player for San Antonio and he's even become their go-to player in crunch time. Murray's 14 games to start the season are discussed in the episode, as well as a model that shows he's playing like an All-Star to begin the season. If the team success doesn't improve, making the All-Star team will be tough for Murray even if he has similar numbers by the time All-Star voting takes place. Concerning Sign From Outside Last season the Spurs were outscored by 507 points from the 3-point line. Despite winning the 2-point battle and free throw line last season, the Spurs ended up being a -125 overall for the season. With the team being 29th in 3-point attempts this season, a similar trend is starting to develop. The Spurs are winning the 2-point battle right now by 96 points. But, they're losing the 3-point line by 84 points and the free-throw line by 25 points. Unlike last season with DeMar DeRozan, they're like to lose the free-throw line battle this season. 80% of their losses this season have been when they lose the 3-point line in the game. That is a concerning sign considering only 14 games have taken place and the team is already seeing another big gap in 3-point scoring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 637: Derrick White's struggles and Spurs through 12 Games of the Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 27:53

    In Spurscast episode 637, host Paul Garcia discusses the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs going 2-2 in their last four games against the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings, and Dallas Mavericks The team offense and defense through twelve games Derrick White's struggles on offense Should there be a change to the starting lineup? 2-2 in Last Four Games The Spurs went 2-2 since the last Spurscast episode, defeating the Magic by 13, losing to the Thunder by 5, defeating the Kings by 19, and then falling to the Mavericks by 14. The Team Through 12 Games Through 12 games, the Spurs are closer to a league-average offense and defense. The Spurs are 14th on offense scoring 1.073 points per possession and 15th on defense allowing 1.066 points per possession. Some areas on offense where the Spurs are in the Top-10 are fast-break scoring, limiting turnovers, pace, ball movement, taking and making shots from the floater range, and scoring in the paint. They've also improved their 3-point accuracy to 8th among teams in the league. Some areas on offense where the Spurs are in the Bottom-10 on offense are getting to the free-throw line and attempting 3-pointers. On defense, the Spurs are Top-10 in not putting opponents on the free-throw line, not allowing many fast break points, forcing turnovers with steals, scoring off turnovers, and limiting opponent accuracy near the rim. The Spurs have found themselves in the Bottom-10 on defense in allowing teams to get many shot attempts at the rim and teams are able to avoid taking many shots from the non-restricted area and mid-range against the Spurs' defense. Derrick White's Struggles on Offense White has had a tough last three games offensively, shooting 3-of-21 overall for 7 total points. For the season he's averaging 10.8 points on 10.3 shot attempts. His 3-point accuracy has dropped, but he's still moving the ball well on the team. In the episode, White's shooting numbers are analyzed. While his finishing near the rim is still efficient, it's his shots from the floater range that are really having an impact on his shooting accuracy, along with his outside shot. One good sign for White is that through these struggles, he's still making 46% of his wide open 3-pointers. The problem though is defenses are only letting him get 52% of his 3-pointers wide open. Defensively, White continues to be one of the standout players on the team. He really pops out in defensive field goal percentage, contested shots, and blocks among his teammates. Should There be a Starting Lineup Change? In the episode, a starting lineup change is explored. The Spurs only got 7 games with Jakob Poeltl before he had to go into health and safety protocols. Because of the limited time with Poeltl, Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich may not want to make a starting lineup change until he sees a larger sample size with Poeltl and the other four starters. If White were to go to the bench, Devin Vassell would likely be the next player to move into the starting lineup. If this happened, more responsibility would fall on Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson to have to create for the offense, since White is the second primary ball-handler on the team. Looking at different data points, a starting lineup change with Vassell in for White is explored. Download | Subscribe in Apple Podcasts | Subscribe in Overcast | Support the podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurs Open Mic Ep. 2: Playing time for Josh Primo and Jock Landale

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 36:55

    Every week, we'll host an "open mic" on Twitter Spaces to talk about some of the latest San Antonio Spurs topics. For our second episode yesterday, Michael De Leon and Evan Townsend talked about the Spurs lack of playing time for Joshua Primo and Jock Landale, who we just learned will be sidelined due to health and safety protocols. We also previewed this week's slate of games. Be sure to check back every week for the next open mic. You can listen in live or join in on the conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurs Chisme: Derrick Gervin on Joshua Primo being ready for the NBA now

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 8:49

    Bonus episode - On this weekend's episode of Sweep the League Radio, Project Spurs staffer Rocky Garza Jr. talked about the latest with the San Antonio Spurs, including the cries for rookies Joshua Primo and Jock Landale not getting playing time. Former NBA player Derrick Gervin says Primo is ready for the NBA now and should learn "in the fire" and also had a few things to say about Jakob Poeltl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 636: An Early Look at Crunch Time Struggles

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 38:11

    In Spurscast episode 636, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer John Diaz discuss:  The Spurs going 1-3 in their last four games against the Dallas Mavericks (twice), Milwaukee Bucks, and Indiana Pacers Jakob Poeltl out due to Health and Safety Protocols The team offense and defense through eight games Players averaging double figures in scoring The early numbers from the Spurs' struggles in crunch time 1-3 in Last 4 Games Since the last Spurscast episode, the Spurs have gone 1-3 in their last four games. Going back to last Thursday, they lost a close game in Dallas to the Mavericks after San Antonio jumped out to a 20 point lead. Then on Saturday they went into the home of the defending champion Bucks and defeated Milwaukee. Two nights later in Indiana, the Spurs suffered their worst loss of the season, getting blown out by Indiana by as many as 26 points, though the final score was a 13 point loss for San Antonio. Finally, the Spurs lost another close game to Dallas, this time at home in the AT&T Center. The team is now 2-6 through eight games to start the season, with six of of their games being close and going down to the wire. Poeltl Out  The Spurs announced Wednesday Jakob Poeltl would be out due to Health and Safety protocols. Poeltl has been averaging 14 points per game and he is the team's interior defensive anchor. Poeltl is expected to miss a few games. Team Offense and Defense Through 8 Games The Spurs rank 17th on offense and 14th on defense through eight games. In the episode, their Top 10 and Bottom 10 stats on offense and defense are discussed to see which stats are likely going to be a strength or weakness for the team all season, and which are just noise from early sample sizes that will eventually regress. Individual Double Figure Scoring Leaders Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Poeltl, Derrick White, Devin Vassell, and Lonnie Walker IV are all averaging more than 10 points per game. Each player is discussed with observations and notes on each end of the floor in the episode. Early Look at Crunch Time Struggles The Spurs have been in six games that have gone down to the last five minutes, with the team ahead or behind by five points. Those six games are the second most in the NBA as of Thursday afternoon during those clutch situations. The Spurs are struggling in those clutch situations with a 1-5 record. The team numbers and players who log the most minutes in those situations are analyzed in one conversation of the episode.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Forever Toros Ep. 11: 2021-22 Austin Toros season preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 27:11

    John, Jonas and Michael are back to talk about the Austin Spurs and what we are looking forwaed to with the upcoming season, which will not be played in the gubble. We also talk about seeing a hefty bit of minutes for Spurs rookie Joshua Primo and the Austin Spurs' new head coach, whose name we will pronounce correctly at some point this season. For more Austin Spurs coverage, visit http://spursonsixth.com and https://projectspurs.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurs Open Mic Ep. 1: New city edition uniform reactions

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 21:54

    Every week, we'll host an "open mic" on Twitter Spaces to talk about some of the latest San Antonio Spurs topics. For our first episode yesterday, we talked about the Spurs newly-unveiled city edition jerseys and immediate reactions to the release. We also previewed last night's game between the Spurs and Indiana Pacers. Be sure to check back every week for the next open mic. You can listen in live or join in on the conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 635: Close Losses and the Spurs through 4 Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 28:10

    In Spurscast episode 635, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs' last three losses to the Nuggets, Bucks, and Lakers The team offense and defense through four games Individual players through four games The Last 3 Losses The San Antonio Spurs are 1-3 to begin the 2021-2022 season. Since the last Spurcast episode, the Spurs have gone 0-3 with losses to the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Lakers. Though the team lost each game, they showed they can compete with some of the top teams. With less than five minutes left on the clock in each of these games, the Spurs were within at least two possessions of their opponents. In the case of their most recent loss the Lakers, the Spurs had a chance to win the game in regulation, and they could have taken the lead late in overtime. The Offense and Defense through Four games Through four games, the Spurs are 11th on offense and 15th on defense. While the sample size is still very small with just four games, some of the areas where the Spurs stand out on each end of the floor should hold for the season. Some areas where the Spurs are excelling early on offense are fast break scoring, moving the ball, and attacking the paint. Areas that are concerning on offense early on is the team having trouble getting to the free throw line, the three point volume, and three point accuracy. Some areas on defense where the Spurs are showing strengths is in opponent free throw rate, opponent turnover percentage, steals, and scoring off opponent turnovers. A cause for concern on defense is how often and how much teams are scoring close to the rim in the paint. Individual Players through 4 Games Individual players discussed in the episode are Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl, Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker IV, Derrick White, Devin Vassell, and Doug McDermott.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 634: Blowout on Opening Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 39:10

    In Spurscast episode 634, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs' opening night blowout of the Magic Al-Farouq Aminu being waived Lonnie Walker IV not signing a contract extension Thaddeus Young remaining on the team Blowout on Opening Night The San Antonio Spurs opened the 2021-2022 regular season with a 26-point blowout of the Orlando Magic. In the episode, Collin and I discuss some observations from the team offense, defense, and individual players who scored in double figures in the opening game. Al-Farouq Aminu Waived On Monday the Spurs waived Al-Farouq Aminu to get their roster down to the maximum of 15 players on guaranteed contracts. The Spurs will now have Aminu's $10.1 million salary on their cap sheet for the remainder of this season. No Extension for Lonnie Walker IV Monday came and went with the Spurs and Walker IV not reaching an agreement on a contract extension. This coming summer the Spurs will be able to tender Walker IV a $6.3 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent. With only a handful of teams projected to have cap space this season, will Walker IV have a breakout season and get more than the mid-level exception from other teams this summer? Thaddeus Young Remains on Team Young's name has been mentioned in a few trade rumors this offseason, but after the October 18 deadline passed, Young remains on the team. The San Antonio Spurs now have until the February 10 deadline to find a trade for Young, if not, he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. Young didn't play in the opening game of the season. When asked why Young didn't play, Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said though Young didn't play Wednesday, he'll remain ready. Spurs add Devontae Cacok on a two-way deal The Spurs claimed Devontae Cacok off the waiver list and then converted his contract to a two-way contract. With Cacok now on the team, the Spurs' roster is full with 15 players on guaranteed contracts and two players on two-way contracts. Download | Subscribe in Apple Podcasts | Subscribe in Overcast | Support the podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 633: Luka Samanic Waived and More Preseason Observations

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 25:40

    In Spurscast episode 633, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs News.  Luka Samanic getting waived More observations from the preseason Notes and roster updates Luka Samanic waivedMonday the San Antonio Spurs waived 2019 first-round draftee Luka Samanic. While on paper the move seemed a bit surprising since Samanic was still just 21 years old and on his rookie scale contract, the eye test said differently. Samanic wasn't one of the Spurs' primary options at the 4 in three of the team's four preseason games, and with the team needing to trim the roster by October 18, roster cuts were going to be needed. Samanic will still get his $2.9 million salary for this season and other teams have until Wednesday to claim him off the league's waiver list. If a team claims Samanic off the waiver list, then he would be an active player on their roster and the Spurs would no longer be responsible for his salary this season. More observations from the preseasonThe Spurs fell to the Miami Heat Friday in the preseason and then defeated the Orlando Magic Sunday. The rotations have consistently looked like Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich will start Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Doug McDermott, and Jakob Poeltl. Off the bench, Popovich has been staggering the minutes of Murray and White, and having Bryn Forbes, Lonnie Walker IV, Devin Vassell, and Drew Eubanks as the second unit. The offense and defense are analyzed in the conversation, with notes on the Spurs not playing as fast as they said they were going to do in training camp. The Spurs currently rank 27th among 30 teams in pace this preseason. Notes and Roster UpdatesThe Spurs are now less than 10 days from having to waive or trade one more player to get their roster down to the league maximum of 15 players on guaranteed contracts. Al-Farouq Aminu and Keita Bates-Diop are discussed as being players who might get waived or traded with the October 18 deadline approaching. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 632: Observations from First Two Preseason Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 40:51

    In Spurscast episode 632, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Stephen Michael discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  Rotations, the offense, and defense in the first two preseason games Observations on some players Notes and roster updates Rotations In the first preseason game against Utah, Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich used a starting lineup of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Doug McDermott, and Jakob Poeltl. Off the bench, he staggered the minutes of Murray and White, then had Bryn Forbes, Lonnie Walker IV, Devin Vassell, and Drew Eubanks as the second unit. Stephen and I discuss if Murray and White will have their minutes staggered during the season to make sure one of them is always on the floor, or if this was because Tre Jones was out due to injury for the first two preseason games. The Offense and Defense In their first two preseason games, the Spurs are starting to get closer to modern basketball with an increase in 3-point volume and decrease in mid-range attempts. Here are some early numbers from the Spurs' first preseason games and last season: % of shots in paint: 49% today vs 49% last season % of shots from three: 37% today vs 31% last season % of shots from mid-range: 14% today vs 20% last season While it's only been two preseason games, the shot selection of the team is something to keep an eye on considering the difference in 3-point scoring was the main weakness last season for the team. The Spurs' goal of playing faster was present in the game against Utah, but that wasn't the case against Detroit with Murray out and new players in the lineups. Stephen and I have a conversation about the pace and some of the offensive and defensive numbers the team is showing in preseason. Individual Player Observations Some players discussed in the episode from the preseason are Murray, Johnson, McDermott, Forbes, Walker IV, Eubanks, Vassell, Jock Landale, Josh Primo, and Luka Samanic. Notes and Roster Updates Zach Collins' return to the court is discussed, as well as some roster updates the Spurs made and will be making with regards to the Austin Spurs. A Thaddeus Young-Phoenix Suns trade rumor is also explored in the episode.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 631: Training Camp Begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 33:12

    In Spurscast episode 631, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics, including:  Media Day Training Camp  Zach Lowe's mega Spurs article Media Day and Training Camp  At the San Antonio Spurs' media day Monday, one of the key topics that came up from Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and some players was the Spurs playing faster this season. With veterans DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, and Rudy Gay now gone, the Spurs' core is now made up of a lot of young, quick, and athletic players. The Spurs want to use their speed to their advantage and get up and down the court this season with an increase in pace and frequency of possessions in transition. Last year the Spurs were league average in pace and 22nd in frequency of plays in transition per CleaningTheGlass.com. Coach Popovich also mentioned at media day how he's excited to see how the young players handle close game situations. With DeRozan gone, who will now be the closer late in games? What plays will the team run down the stretch? In some other interview nuggets, Jakob Poeltl made it sound like the main creators on offense will be Dejounte Murray and Derrick White. Poeltl also said he wants to help on offense by providing more scoring to the team. Jock Landale noted that so far Poeltl and Drew Eubanks have been ahead in the rotation at the five position. Keldon Johnson mentioned how he's been working on his outside shot for this coming season. Zach Lowe's mega Spurs article Earlier this week, Zach Lowe of ESPN dove deep into the Spurs for this upcoming season and beyond. Lowe mentioned how it's unknown when Popovich will retire and he wrote about a few of the names he hears most often as the next Spurs head coach when Popovich retires. Lowe also provided some rumors regarding Ben Simmons, the Spurs' young core players, Thaddeus Young, and Jaren Jackson Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 630: Manu Back and Training Camp Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 35:34

    In Spurscast episode 630, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Josh Paredes discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  Manu Ginobili joining the team in a Special Advisor role Upcoming training camp questions The latest update on Ben Simmons refusing to attend training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers Manu Ginobili joins the team in a Special Advisor role Friday the San Antonio Spurs announced multiple staff additions and promotions, and in the announcement, the team said Manu Ginobili would be joining the club as a Special Advisor to Basketball Operations. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Ginobili will work in a player-centric role to focus on and off the court in helping the young players develop. Wojnarowski also reported Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO R.C. Buford, and General Manager Brian Wright have been trying to get Ginobili to rejoin the franchise is some sort of role since his retirement a few years ago. In the episode, Josh and I discuss what benefits we think Ginobili can help the young players with on and off the court. Training Camp Questions Training camp for the 2021-2022 season will officially kick off Tuesday. The Spurs so far are heading into training camp with 18 players on the roster, though they can still add up to two more players for training camp and the preseason. With 17 players on guaranteed contracts, San Antonio will have to either waive or trade two players by October 18, when the NBA requires teams to have just 15 players on guaranteed contracts. Some questions Josh and I discuss in the episode are: Who starts at the power forward position? Who will be the backup point guard? Will Luka Samanic get a rotation role this season? Who will be the backup center between Drew Eubanks and Jock Landale? Which two players will be waived or traded by October 18? Ben Simmons to sit out training camp This past week Wojnarowski reported Ben Simmons won't be showing up to training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers and he's refusing to play future games with the team. With the Spurs being one of the teams who reportedly had interest in Simmons, Josh and I talk about the latest report regarding Simmons.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Bonus: Austin Spurs players that could end up in training camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 14:59

    The San Antonio Spurs currently have 18 players under contract when including Joe Wieskamp's two-way deal. This means the Spurs can still add up to two more players for training camp and the preseason. Benjamin Bornstein and Jonas Clark talk about Austin Spurs players or players that played for the Spurs during Summer League that could end up on the training camp roster. Training camp kicks off next week with the preseason schedule soon to follow. Ben and Jonas mention names like Nate Renfro, Kenny Williams, Kaleb Johnson and Khyri Thomas among others. Note: This was recorded prior to Petar Božić being named head coach of the Austin Spurs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 629: Training Camp Invite Possibilities and the Open Two-way Roster Spot

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 36:37

    In Spurscast episode 629, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writers Benjamin Bornstein and Jonas Clark discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  Players with Austin Spurs who might get a training camp invite Austin Spurs players who may end up getting the vacant two-way roster spot Who will replace Matt Nielsen as the Austin Spurs' Head Coach? Players with Austin Spurs who might get a training camp invite The San Antonio Spurs currently have 18 players under contract when including Joe Wieskamp's two-way deal. This means the Spurs can still add up to two more players for training camp and the preseason. In the episode, there's a conversation regarding players with Austin Spurs experience who might get training camp invites for the San Antonio team. The Spurs' roster though will have to be set at 15 players on full NBA deals and two two-way players by October 18, after the conclusion of the preseason. Austin Spurs players who may end up getting the vacant two-way roster spot Now that Keita Bates-Diop has signed a full NBA contract, the Spurs have an open two-way roster spot available. There's a discussion in the episode regarding players who have Austin Spurs experience that would be good candidates for the Spurs' open two-way roster spot. Who will replace Matt Nielsen as the Austin Spurs' Head Coach? In early September, the San Antonio Spurs announced Matt Nielsen, who was the head coach of the Austin Spurs, had been hired as an assistant coach with the San Antonio organization. With Nielsen now in San Antonio, the question becomes who will replace him as the Austin head coach? The podcast discussion looks at a few G-League coaching candidates that can take over in Austin. Another note to watch is if the new G-League head coach for Austin will be someone who is able to help Wieskamp and possibly Joshua Primo develop, in the event San Antonio sends Primo to Austin during the regular season.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 628: Chandler Hutchison waived, Keita Bates-Diop re-signs, and more roster moves needed

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 26:34

    In Spurscast episode 628, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss:  The Spurs waiving Chandler Hutchison The Spurs re-signing Keita Bates-Diop More roster moves that need to be made by the team before opening night of the regular season Chandler Hutchison waivedLast Saturday the San Antonio Spurs waived Chandler Hutchison and they kept his $4 million salary on their books for this coming season. With the team needing to get the roster down to 15 players and two two-way players by October 18, plus Hutchison being in the final year of his contract, the roster move wasn't too surprising. Keita Bates-Diop re-signsTuesday the Spurs re-signed Keita Bates-Diop, who was on a two-way contract with the team last season. Bates-Diop's new deal is for two years at the veteran minimum, with the second year being non-guaranteed. Bates-Diop will likely be third on the depth chart at small forward behind Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell. With Bates-Diop re-signed, the team now has 17 players on guaranteed contracts. The team will have to get the roster down to 15 players on guaranteed deals by October 18, 2021. Bates-Diop on the team also puts the Spurs up to 18 total players on contracts when Joe Wieskamp's two-way deal is included. This means the team can still invite two-players to training camp. More roster moves that need to be waivedAs mentioned above, the Spurs now need to either waive or trade two players by October 18. Thaddeus Young's name has been mentioned in trade rumors already. The Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, and Orlando Magic all have trade exceptions large enough to absorb Young's $14.1 million contract. The Oklahoma City Thunder could also absorb Young's contract by opening cap space. The Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have interest in Young, though San Antonio would have to acquire players to trade Young to either Cleveland or Phoenix. Though there's no reporting that the Spurs are looking to trade or waive Al-Farouq Aminu, his $10.1 million contract is discussed in the episode. Teams that have large enough trade exceptions to absorb Aminu's contract are the Pelicans, Celtics, Magic, Nets, and Mavericks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 627: Thaddeus Young Trade Rumors, Latest on Ben Simmons

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 24:02

    In Spurscast episode 627, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs news:  Which players are most likely to be waived or traded before opening night of the regular season? The latest Thaddeus Young trade rumors Ben Simmons wanting out of Philadelphia A cap space projection for the Spurs next summer Who is most likely to be waived or traded before opening night of the regular season? With Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Chandler Hutchison entering the season on the final year of their contracts, they appear to be the most likely players to be traded or waived before the first game of the regular season. The Spurs currently have 17 players on guaranteed deals. Before the opening game of the regular season, they have to get the roster down to 15 players on guaranteed deals. This means two players either need to be traded or waived before the opening game of the season. Latest Thaddeus Young Trade Rumors The Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers are two teams reportedly interested in trading for Young. In order for the Spurs to trade Young to a team over the cap, San Antonio would have to take back a player or two to make the salaries match in a potential deal. Three teams with trade exceptions large enough to absorb Young's $14.1 million salary are the Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, and Orlando Magic. Ben Simmons wants out of Philadelphia Several media outlets are reporting Ben Simmons has told the Philadelphia 76ers he wants to be traded and there's reports he may not show up to training camp, which is less than four weeks away. Since the Spurs reportedly had interest in Simmons around draft time, their name has come up among the favorites to land Simmons in a trade when looking at the betting site BetOnline.AG. Cap Space for next Summer The Spurs are projected to be able to open $32.9 million in cap space next offseason, if they waive all players on non-guaranteed deals, allow all free agents to walk, and land the 6th pick in the lottery.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 626: Spurs Vegas Over/Under, Team Update, and Lonnie Walker IV Going into Next Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 21:05

    In Spurscast episode 626, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss:  The Spurs' Las Vegas over/under for wins An update on where the team stands and decisions still to be made Lonnie Walker IV heading into next season The Spurs' Las Vegas over/under for wins BetOnline.ag recently released the over/under for wins for all 30 NBA teams. The Spurs' over/under for wins was 28.5 wins. If the schedule played out based on the over/under win projections, the Spurs would finish 13th in the Western Conference and be in position to land the 6th overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery next summer. Update on where the team stands While training camp doesn't begin until late September, the Spurs still haven't completed some reported deals. The team still needs to sign Bryn Forbes to his contract and the Spurs need to sign Joe Wieskamp to a two-way contract. Keita Bates-Diop is also still a restricted free agent, with the opportunity to return to the Spurs on a two-way contract if he accepted the qualifying offer. Before the opening game of the regular season, the Spurs will have to either waive or trade two players because teams can only take 15 players and two two-way players on their roster into the regular season. Once Forbes and Wieskamp sign their deals, the Spurs will have 17 players and one two-way player on their roster. Lonnie Walker IV heading into next season This offseason the Spurs can either extend Lonnie Walker IV's contract before the first game of the regular season or if he plays out the season, he'll be a restricted free agent next offseason. In the podcast episode, there's a discussion using AI models from ProFitX reviewing Walker IV's progress last season and the areas where he's projected to improve in the coming season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 625: Schedule Release and Roster Moves

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 24:45

    In Spurscast episode 625, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs' schedule release Drew Eubanks' contract guaranteeing The Spurs officially signing Jock Landale Joe Wieskamp agreeing to a two-way contract with the Spurs Shot creation stats from Josh Primo, Tre Jones, and Devin Vassell at Summer League The Spurs' Schedule Release Friday the NBA released the full 82 game schedule for the Spurs. The Spurs will have 14 back-to-back sets next season, with the majority of those sets coming in December and January. January (17 games) and December (16) will be the Spurs' two months with the most games, followed by March (14), November (13), February (10), and then October (6) and April (6). In late December and early January, the Spurs will go on a seven-game road trip. Then in February, the team will leave for the annual Rodeo Road Trip for eight games. Drew Eubanks' Contract Guarantees The Spurs had until Friday, August 20 to waive Drew Eubanks before his $1.7 million contract for the coming season was fully guaranteed. Once Bryn Forbes officially signs his deal, the team will have 17 players on the roster with fully guaranteed deals. Two players will either have to be waived or traded before opening night of the regular season. Jock Landale Officially Signs with the Spurs Jock Landale officially signed with the team Thursday evening. According to Keith Smith of Spotrac, Landale signed a two-year deal at the minimum. The first year is fully guaranteed and the second year is non-guaranteed. Joe Wieskamp Agrees to Two-Way Contract Joe Wieskamp has reportedly agreed to sign a two-way contract with the Spurs per to the Athletic. Wieskamp was the Spurs' second-round draftee from the 2021 NBA Draft and he played in eight games at the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. Shot Creation Stats for Primo, Jones, and Vassell at Summer League The last topic on the podcast is a conversation about Josh Primo, Tre Jones, and Devin Vassell being three of the top 13 players in shot creation at Summer League according to data from Synergy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 624: Official Free Agency Moves and Vegas Summer League Observations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 25:20

    In Spurscast episode 624, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon discuss:  The Spurs' completing sign-and-trade deals to land Doug McDermott, Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, and future draft picks. More free agency moves waiting to be completed. Initial Las Vegas Summer League observations on Devin Vassell, Tre Jones, Joshua Primo, and Joe Wieskamp Spurs Complete Sign-and-Trade Deals with Pacers and Bulls The San Antonio Spurs have officially acquired Doug McDermott and future second round picks in a sign-and-trade deal with the Indiana Pacers. The Spurs also completed the sign-and-trade deal with the Chicago Bulls to send DeMar DeRozan to Chicago, and in return, the Spurs acquired Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a future first, and two future second round picks. More free agency moves on the way More Spurs free agency moves need to be completed, including the team officially signing Zach Collins, Joshua Primo, Bryn Forbes, and Jock Landale. With the way the Spurs' transactions have been completed, the Collins signing is likely next. Once all the official signings are complete, the Spurs will have 17 players on the roster. More moves will be needed to either trade or waive two players to get the roster down to 15 players by opening night in October. Initial Las Vegas Summer League Observations The Spurs have completed two Las Vegas Summer League games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls. Devin Vassell played in both games, but was injured in the first half of the game against Chicago. He finished with 23 points against Minnesota on Monday. Tre Jones made his Summer League debut after sitting out the Salt Lake City Summer League in concussion protocols. Jones dropped 16 points with eight assists against Minnesota and then 23 points in the game against the Bulls. Joshua Primo only played in the Monday game against Minnesota and Wieskamp played in both games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 623: Free Agency Review and Salt Lake City Summer League Observations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 49:14

    In Spurscast episode 623, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss:  The Spurs' free agency week where they agreed to terms with multiple players and acquired other players in trades What the Spurs would now need to do to trade for Ben Simmons Why more changes to the roster have to take place before opening night of the regular season Salt Lake City observations on Devin Vassell, Joshua Primo, and Joe Wieskamp The Opening Week of Free Agency The Spurs will reportedly acquire Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a future first round pick, and two future second round picks in a sign-and-trade deal that will send DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls. The Spurs acquired Chandler Hutchison and a 2022 second round pick from the Washington Wizards in a five team trade. The Spurs sent the draft rights of 2015 first round draftee Nikola Milutinov to the Brooklyn Nets. The Spurs agreed to terms with Doug McDermott on a three year, $42 million deal. They agreed to terms with Zach Collins on a three year, $22 million deal, and they struck a deal with Jock Landale of Australia for two years. The last agreement came with former Spur Bryn Forbes agreeing to return where he started his NBA career in San Antonio. In the episode, each agreement is discussed and why the Spurs might be able to send Young out in a future trade months from now. Along with DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, Trey Lyles, and Gorgui Dieng have all moved to different teams as well. Keita Bates-Diop is still a restricted free agent in free agency, though the Spurs have until August 13 to pull his qualifying offer without his permission. What would a Ben Simmons to Spurs trade look like now? With the Spurs' cap space now gone, a discussion takes place in the episode of what a new trade deal would look like if the Spurs had more interest in trading for Ben Simmons. More Roster Changes on the Way Once all the Spurs' signings and trades are made official, the team will have 17 players on the roster (not counting the two two-way spots). This means before the opening game of the regular season, the Spurs will have to get the roster count down to 15 players. The Spurs currently have Drew Eubanks on a non-guaranteed deal with a guarantee date of August 19. Even if Eubanks were waived, the team would still have to waive or trade a player to have the roster ready by the opening game of the regular season in October. Salt Lake City Summer League Observations The last part of the episode focuses on Devin Vassell's increased playmaking in Summer League and initial impressions of Joshua Primo and Joe Wieskamp's first Summer League games.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 622: The Draft Review and Free Agency Preview Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 54:24

    In Spurscast episode 622, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  The Spurs drafting Joshua Primo and Joe Wieskamp Breaking down the team heading into free agency Discussing the Spurs' reported interest in Ben Simmons Looking at a few free agents that could fit with the Spurs The Spurs drafting Joshua Primo and Joe Wieskamp The Spurs made a surprising selection Thursday evening by drafting Joshua Primo with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft. The Spurs also selected Joe Wieskamp with the 41st pick in the second round. Hear why the organization drafted each player and what the roles of the players could look like next season. Breaking down the team heading into free agency With free agency officially beginning Monday, August 2, the Spurs are likely to have 11 players on guaranteed contracts. This would leave the team with just four open roster spots and two open two-way spots. The Spurs also have an August 1 team option to decide if they'll keep DaQuan Jeffries on the roster for next season, or decline the team option. From there, there's a discussion of the Spurs' upcoming free agents - DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, Gorgui Dieng, Trey Lyles, Keita Bates-Diop, and Quinndary Weatherspoon. The discussion around DeRozan's free agency explores the different teams interested in signing DeRozan, and what potential sign-and-trade packages could look like. Discussing the Spurs' reported interest in Ben Simmons The Spurs reportedly contacted the Philadelphia 76ers regarding what a trade package could look like for Ben Simmons. According to reports, the 76ers wanted a young Spurs player, four future first round picks, and three picks swaps. The 76ers reportedly want a James Harden-esque trade package for Simmons. In the podcast, there's a discussion regarding this trade rumor. Looking at a few free agents that could fit with the Spurs Some players discussed as free agents that could fit with the Spurs are Kelly Oubre Jr., Otto Porter Jr., Furkan Korkmaz, John Collins, Jarrett Allen, Lauri Markkanen, and Kelly Olynyk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast: Ep. 621 The Mega NBA Pre-Draft Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 60:39

    In Spurscast episode 621, Spurscast host Paul Garcia, Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein, and former Project Spurs writer Trevor Zickgraf discuss the following San Antonio Spurs topics:  Team USA's opening loss in group play to France at the Olympics. Reports of DeMar DeRozan and the Lakers having mutual interest in free agency. A deep dive on first-round picks with the Spurs' 12th pick. A hypothetical scenario if the Spurs trade up in the draft. Analysis over the second round pick with the Spurs' 41st pick Team USA's opening loss in group play to France at the Olympics Team USA fell to France in their opening game of group play against France 83-76. Keldon Johnson played nine minutes and finished with one rebound, one assist, and one foul. Reports of DeMar DeRozan and the Lakers having mutual interest in free agency A report earlier this week mentioned DeMar DeRozan could have interest in the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, even if he had to sign for less than he earned last season. Now a new report notes the Lakers are expected to have interest in DeRozan this offseason. A deep dive on first-round picks with the Spurs' 12th pick Players mentioned in the discussion: Moses Moody, Jalen Johnson, Kai Jones, Usman Garuba, Davion Mitchell, Alperen Sengun, Josh Giddey, Keon Johnson, Corey Kispert A hypothetical scenario if the Spurs trade up in the draft Though the Spurs aren't linked to these rumors, they do have the cap space in the event they wanted to see if they could acquire the 10th pick from New Orleans with Eric Bledsoe, or the 9th pick from Sacramento with Buddy Hield or Marvin Bagley III. Analysis over the second-round pick with the Spurs' 41st pick Players mentioned in the discussion: BJ Boston, Isaiah Todd, Herbert Jones, Juhann Begarin, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Kessler Edwards, David Johnson, JT Thor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 620: Keldon Johnson Named to Team USA, John Collins Rumor, and Draft Prospects Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 50:12

    In Spurscast episode 620, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  Keldon Johnson being named to Team USA for the Olympic games in Japan. A report that the Spurs are expected to have interest in John Collins in restricted free agency. An update on draft prospects in 12th and 41st range. Keldon Johnson named to Team USA for the Olympic games in Japan. Keldon Johnson was officially named to the 12-man Team USA roster that will compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. In the episode, there's a discussion on how this could be a major learning opportunity for Johnson in being around and playing on the court with some of the better players in the NBA, such as former MVP Kevin Durant. Spurs Expected to have interest in John Collins The Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to have interest in restricted free agent John Collins. In the discussion on the episode, listen to why getting an offer sheet for Collins is difficult for Dallas, Miami, and Minnesota, and why the Spurs may have the best chance of getting Collins to leave Atlanta. Update on draft prospects in the first and second round The latest update is provided on different draft prospects projected to go 12th in the first round from the Project Spurs Draft Board. Analysis is provided for each player in the discussion. Players mentioned in the first round with the 12th pick for San Antonio: Davion Mitchell - 6'2", Baylor Josh Giddey - 6'8", Adelaide (Australia) James Bouknight - 6'5", Connecticut Moses Moody - 6'6", Arkansas Jalen Johnson - 6'9", Duke Alperen Sengun - 6'9", Besiktas (Turkey) Players mentioned in the second round with the 41st pick for San Antonio: Rokas Jokubaitis - 6'4", Zalgiris (Lithuania) Brandon Boston Jr. - 6'7", Kentucky Aaron Wiggins - 6'6", Maryland Matthew Hurt - 6'9", Duke Don't forget to read the latest features on Project Spurs, like Patty Mills heading into free agency, and the latest Spurs Prospect Watch on Josh Primo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 619: Keldon Joins Team USA for Exhibition Games and Projected Returning Starters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2021 26:30

    In Spurscast episode 619, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs founder Michael De Leon discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics, including:  Keldon Johnson joining Team USA for their exhibition games A trade rumor involving Dejounte Murray and Derrick White Analysis of projected returning starters   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spurscast Ep. 618: Offseason Questions Round 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 56:25

    In Spurscast episode 618, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs topics:  Keldon Johnson being selected for the Team USA Select team Different offseason questions regarding free agency and offseason trades Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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