Spurs waive Marquese Chriss, expected to sign Gorgui Dieng

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have waived forward Marquese Chriss. According to The Athletics’ Shams Charania, the Spurs are using the roster space for center Gorgui Dieng.

The Spurs acquired Chriss in a trade with the Golden State Warriors on March 25. He did not appear in a game with the Spurs.

The 31-year-old Dieng appeared in 39 games (one start) over parts of two seasons in Memphis and averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 17.7 minutes after he was acquired by the Grizzlies from the Minnesota Timberwolves last February.

Dieng will give the Spurs size and an additional big man after the team bought out LaMarcus Aldridge, who is expected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

Spurs’ Aldridge to miss remainder of season after shoulder surgery

Spurs PF LaMarcus Aldridge underwent an arthroscopic subacromial decompression and rotator cuff debridement on his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season, the team announced today.

The successful procedure was performed in Dallas, Texas, on April 24.

Aldridge injured his shoulder at Utah on February 21. After playing at Oklahoma City on February 23, he missed the next six games rehabbing before returning to score 24 points in San Antonio’s win against Dallas on March 10. The next day the NBA suspended gameplay on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The seven-time All-Star is expected to be fully cleared for all basketball activities before Spurs training camp to start the 2020-21 season.

When the season resumes, which is expected on July 31, the Spurs will be four games out of the 8th and final playoff spot. The season restart would begin with eight “seeding games” for each returning team and include the possibility of a play-in tournament for the eighth and final playoff seed in each conference depending on combined records across regular-season games and seeding games.

If the team with the eighth-best combined record in its conference is more than four games ahead of the team with the ninth-best combined record in the same conference, then the team with the eighth-best record would earn the eighth playoff seed.

LaMarcus Aldridge selected to NBA All-Star game

The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been selected by the Western Conference head coaches as a reserve in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

Aldridge is set to make his seventh-career NBA All-Star appearance and his third as a member of the Silver and Black. He is one of only five players in the NBA to be selected to seven of the last eight NBA All-Star Games, along with Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

In 52 games this season, Aldridge leads San Antonio with averages of 8.8 rebounds and 1.23 blocks while also posting 21.1 points and 2.6 assists while shooting a career-best .516 (433-839) from the floor and .847 (227-268) from the free throw line in 32.6 minutes. He is one of two players in the NBA averaging at least 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting over 50 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free throw line, along with Anthony Davis.

The University of Texas product has scored 20-plus points in 30 games this season, including a career-best 56 points vs. Oklahoma City on Jan. 10, and has notched 16 double-doubles. Aldridge is the only player in the NBA to record at least 17,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 900 blocks since he was drafted in 2006

The 2019 All-Star Game marks the 21st consecutive season the Spurs have a player selected as an All-Star, the longest streak of any team since the ABA/NBA merger in 1976. The Silver and Black have been represented by at least one player in 40 of the 42 All-Star Games since San Antonio joined the NBA in 1976 – the most of any team in that span.

Joining Aldridge as Western Conference reserves are: Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Nikola Jokic (Denver), Damian Lillard (Portland), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).

The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. CST. TNT will televise the NBA All-Star Game for a 17th-consecutive year.

Report: Aldridge wanted to go back to Portland last season

LaMarcus Aldridge had a bounce-back year for the Spurs this season. With Kawhi Leonard out for most of the year, Aldridge, who was an All-star this season, stepped up for the Spurs; he led the team in points (23.1 ppg) and rebounds per game(8.5).

However, the 2016-17 season was a totally different story for the six-time All-Star. Aldridge was reportedly unhappy with his role in San Antonio, and requested a trade from the Spurs.

According to Bleacher Report, Aldridge, who played nine seasons with the Trailblazers, wanted to go back to his former team:

Last season, a deep rift developed between the team and All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, to the point where Aldridge called former teammate Damian Lillard and asked him to approach general manager Neil Olshey about bringing Aldridge back to Portland, according to the report.

Aldridge and Popovich worked it out, and Aldridge was huge for the Spurs this season. Hopefully for the Spurs, Popovich can work his same magic with Kawhi Leonard.

LaMarcus Aldridge on the move?

Could the LaMarcus Aldridge era in San Antonio be over? Aldridge, who signed a 4-year, 84 million dollar deal with the Spurs in 2015, could be had for a top 10 pick, according Sam Amico.  

Aldridge did have some struggles last season in San Antonio. He reportedly was upset with his role.

According to Amico, the Sacramento Kings could be the destination for Aldridge. The Kings have picks 5 and 10.

This should be fun!

LaMarcus Aldridge out indefinitely

The Spurs announced that F LaMarcus Aldridge will be out for an indefinite period due to minor heart arrhythmia(irregular heartbeat). Obviously, this is a huge blow for the Spurs.  LA is their second best player; just as the Warriors are not winning anything without Durant, the Spurs can’t win a title without Aldridge.  

Hopefully Aldridge can get healthy! Prayers out to LA!