Spurs to retire Tony Parker’s No. 9

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they will retire Tony Parker’s No. 9 jersey on Monday, Nov. 11 when the Silver and Black host the Memphis Grizzlies.

Parker will become the 10th player in Spurs franchise history to have his number raised to the rafters, joining Bruce Bowen (12), Tim Duncan (21), Sean Elliott (32), George Gervin (44), Manu Ginobili (20), Avery Johnson (6), Johnny Moore (00), David Robinson (50) and James Silas (13).

In 17 seasons in San Antonio, Parker helped the Silver and Black capture four NBA championships and was named the 2007 NBA Finals MVP, becoming the first European Finals MVP in history.

The point guard from France was a four-time All-NBA performer (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014) and a six-time NBA All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014) with the Spurs. Originally selected by San Antonio with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Parker is the Spurs NBA leader in assists (6,829), while ranking second in games played (1,198), fourth in points (18,943) and steals (1,032), fifth in free throws made (3,309) and sixth in rebounds (3,313).

Parker is one of five players in NBA history to post at least 19,000 points and 7,000 assists, along with Oscar Robertson, John Stockton, Gary Payton and LeBron James. He played in a total of 1,254 career games in 18 seasons with the Spurs and Charlotte Hornets, averaging 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 30.5 minutes. Parker finished his career seventh in NBA history with 892 wins.

Appearing in a total of 226 postseason contests with the Spurs, sixth most all-time, Parker averaged 17.9 points, 5.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 34.3 minutes. In NBA Playoffs history, Parker ranks fifth all-time in assists (1,143) and ninth in points (4,045). Parker and fellow Spurs jersey retirees Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili recorded 126 postseason victories together, which are the most wins by any trio in NBA history.

Parker is one of four players in league history to record 4,000 points and 1,000 assists in the NBA Playoffs, along with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

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Tim Duncan named Spurs Assistant coach

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Will Hardy and Tim Duncan will be added to Gregg Popovich’s bench as assistant coaches.

Hardy first joined the Spurs as a basketball operations intern in 2010 after graduating from Williams College.

“Will Hardy is a talented, young basketball mind who has earned a great deal of respect from everyone in the organization thanks to his knowledge, spirit and personality,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. 

Duncan, a 1997 Wake Forest graduate, played 19 seasons with the Spurs before retiring in the summer of 2016.

“It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” said Popovich.

Spurs sign Trey Lyles

The San Antonio Spurs have signed F Trey Lyles, the team announced today.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a two-year deal.

Originally, Marcus Morris and the Spurs reportedly had agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Spurs, but Morris had a change of heart, and the Spurs signed Lyles. According to ESPN, Morris is expected to sign with the New York Knicks.

Lyles, 6-10/235, appeared in 64 games for the Denver Nuggets last season averaging 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.5 minutes. In two seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18.3 minutes. Appearing in 288 total contests, Lyles holds career averages of 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes.

The former University of Kentucky Wildcat was a first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft (12th overall) by the Utah Jazz. Lyles spent his first two seasons with the Jazz before being sent to Denver on draft night in 2017. While with Utah, Lyles was selected to the 2016 and 2017 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend.

Lonnie Walker drops 32 points in Spurs Summer League victory

Lonnie Walker IV scored a game-high 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs led wire-to-wire for their second straight win in the Las Vegas Summer League by a final score of 93-90 over the Toronto Raptors.

Walker IV got going early with 13 points in the first quarter and had 23 points at halftime to help the Spurs take a 58-39 lead at the break. San Antonio built its largest lead of the game by going up 26 in the third quarter, going into the fourth quarter with an 83-59 advantage. Toronto came all the way back in the fourth quarter by winning the final frame 31-10, but back-to-back stops in the final possession helped the Spurs hold off the Raptors 93-90.

Adding 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks to his 32 points, Walker IV registered the highest scoring Summer League game of his career, becoming the first Spurs player to reach 30-plus points since San Antonio guard Bryn Forbes in 2017. Silver and Black forward Drew Eubanks added 19 points (7-10 FG) and 7 rebounds, while Thomas Robinson came off the bench to tally 14 points (6-7 FG) and 7 rebounds. The Raptors were led by 27 points and 7 assists from Jordan Loyd, as well as 24 points and 12 rebounds from 2019 G League MVP Chris Boucher.

Spurs sign Quinndary Weatherspoon to two-way contract

The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard Quinndary Weatherspoon to a two-way contract, the team announced today.

Weatherspoon, 6-4/205, was selected in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft (49th overall). He is currently participating on the Spurs Summer League team where he’s averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.00 steals in 23.7 minutes in three games between the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer Leagues.

Born and raised in Canton, Miss., Weatherspoon spent four seasons at Mississippi State and is one of just three players in school history to accumulate over 2,000 career points. He earned All-SEC honors in his final three seasons, including a spot on the All-SEC First Team in his senior year when he posted a career-best 18.5 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.68 steals.

Spurs re-sign Rudy Gay

The San Antonio Spurs and Rudy Gay agree to a new contract, the team announced today.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, it’s a two-year, $32 million deal.

Gay is one of two players in the NBA with at least 15,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 1,000 steals and 500 blocks since he was drafted in 2006, along with LeBron James.

The 13-year veteran appeared in 69 games for the Spurs last season and averaged 13.7 points to go along with a career-high 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 26.7 minutes while shooting a career-high .504 (376-746) from the floor and a career-best .402 (74-184) from three-point range.

Gay signs with the Spurs for the third time after originally joining San Antonio on July 6, 2017 and re-signing on July 11, 2018. In 126 total games over two seasons with the Silver and Black, Gay has averaged 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24.4 minutes while shooting .490 from the floor and .368 from beyond the arc. He holds career averages of 17.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.26 steals in 34.0 minutes while shooting .456 from the field and .348 from three-point range in 879 total contests.

The former University of Connecticut forward was originally drafted by Houston in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft (8th overall) before being dealt to Memphis on July 12, 2006. After spending his first six-plus seasons with the Grizzlies, Gay was traded to Toronto on Jan. 30, 2013. Playing parts of two seasons with the Raptors, he was moved on Dec. 9, 2013 to Sacramento. Including the 2014-15 campaign when he averaged a career-high 21.1 points, Gay spent three-plus years with the Kings before joining the Spurs.

Gay has suited up for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team at the last two FIBA World Championships, helping the United States win gold at both the 2010 World Cup in Turkey and the 2014 World Cup in Spain

Spurs acquire DeMarre Carroll in three-team deal

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have acquired forward DeMarre Carroll from the Brooklyn Nets. In the three-team deal, San Antonio sends forward Davis Bertans to Washington and the draft rights to Nemanja Dangubic to Brooklyn, while the Wizards send the draft rights to Aaron White to the Nets.

Carroll, 32, played in 67 games for the Nets last season, averaging 11.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.4 minutes. The Birmingham, Alabama native recorded 12.3 points and 5.9 boards in 140 appearances during his two-year stint in Brooklyn from 2017-19.

A 10-year veteran in the NBA, Carroll holds career averages of 9.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.2 minutes while shooting .430 from the field and .360 from beyond the arc in 554 games. His teams have reached the playoffs in five of the last six seasons, with Carroll logging 62 games of playoff experience. He has career averages of 9.1 points, 4.4 boards and 1.1 assists in 28.2 minutes in the postseason.

Prior to his time in Brooklyn, Carroll spent two years each with the Toronto Raptors (2015-17) and Atlanta Hawks (2013-15). The former Missouri Tiger also spent time with the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz after being drafted in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies (27th overall), where he spent parts of his first two seasons.

Bertans spent his first three seasons in San Antonio, averaging 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 16.0 minutes over 220 career games with the Silver and Black.

Spurs announce Summer League Roster

The San Antonio Spurs today announced their roster for the 2019 Salt Lake City Summer League, which takes place from July 1-3 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

This year’s rosters includes Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV and forward Chimezie Metu, along with 2019 draft selections Luka Samanic (19th overall pick), Keldon Johnson (29th overall pick) and Quinndary Weatherspoon (49th overall pick).

In his first season with the Silver and Black, Walker IV appeared in 17 games, averaging 2.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.9 minutes. He also saw action in 29 games with the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s G League affiliate, averaging 16.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.3 minutes. Between last year’s Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues, Walker IV averaged 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 26.8 minutes in six total games.

Metu saw action in 29 games for the Spurs last season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in 5.0 minutes. The former USC Trojan also spent time in Austin appearing in 26 games, averaging 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.54 blocks in 27.3 minutes. Metu played in five games during last year’s Summer Leagues in Utah and Las Vegas, averaging 11.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.4 minutes.

Samanic spent the 2018-19 season with KK Olimpija, averaging 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 19.6 minutes in Slovenian League play. The 19-year-old from Zagreb, Croatia saw action in 12 games in the FIBA Champions League, recording 8.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 19.4 minutes. Samanic began his professional career in Spain in 2016 and is just the fourth player born in Croatia to be drafted in NBA history.

Johnson was named the SEC Freshman of the Year in his lone season at the University of Kentucky, contributing 13.5 points, 5.9 boards and 1.6 assists in 30.7 minutes while playing in all 37 games. The 19-year-old guard helped lift the Wildcats to the Elite Eight at the 2019 NCAA Tournament after earning All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman team honors.

Weatherspoon spent four seasons at Mississippi State and is one of just three players in school history to accumulate over 2,000 career points. He earned All-SEC honors in his final three seasons, including a spot on the All-SEC First Team in his senior year when he posted a career-best 18.5 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.68 steals.

Austin Spurs head coach Blake Ahearn will take over head coaching responsibilities in Salt Lake City. 

     2019 SAN ANTONIO SPURS SALT LAKE CITY SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB Prior to NBA/Home Country Yrs  
  1

3

7

14

15

17

19

23

24

26

28

30

31

33

34

35

41

Lonnie Walker IV

Keldon Johnson

Chimezie Metu

Drew Eubanks

Quinndary Weatherspoon

Josh Magette

Luka Samanic

Terry Larrier

Kenny Williams

Ben Moore

Darel Poirier

Jordan Green

Travis Bader

Jeff Ledbetter

Darius Morris

Jordan Barnett

Thomas Robinson

 

G

G/F

F

C

G

G

F

F

G

F

F/C

G

G

G

G

F

F

6-5

6-6

6-10

6-10

6-4

6-1

6-10

6-8

6-4

6-8

6-11

6-5

6-5

6-3

6-4

6-7

6-10

205

210

215

245

205

160

215

192

185

220

225

190

190

195

195

215

235

12/14/98

10/11/99

03/22/97

02/01/97

09/10/96

11/28/89

09/01/00

08/15/95

11/18/96

05/13/95

07/27/97

05/05/93

07/02/91

06/15/88

01/03/91

12/31/95

03/17/91

Miami/USA

Kentucky/USA

USC/Nigeria

Oregon State/USA

Mississippi State/USA

Alabama-Huntsville/USA

KK Olimpija/Croatia

Connecticut/USA

North Carolina/USA

Southern Methodist/USA

Capital City Go-Go/France

Texas A&M/USA

Oakland/USA

Idaho/USA

Michigan/USA

Missouri/USA

Kansas/USA

1

R

1

1

R

1

R

R

R

1

R

R

R

R

4

R

5

 
Head Coach: Blake Ahearn  
Asst. Coaches: Mitch Johnson Billy Donovan III  
Matt Nielsen Lorena Infantes Nunez  
Edneisha Curry Tomislav Mijatovic  

2019 SAN ANTONIO SPURS SALT LAKE CITY SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE                                   

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIPOFF TV
Mon, 7/1 Cleveland Vivint Smart Home Arena 6 p.m. NBA TV
Tue, 7/2 Memphis Vivint Smart Home Arena 6 p.m. NBA TV
Wed, 7/3 Utah Vivint Smart Home Arena 8 p.m. NBA TV

*All times CDT

Sixers’ Udoka: ‘I am excited to get to work and help this extremely talented roster’

Philadelphia 76ers have hired Ime Udoka and Joseph Blair as assistant coaches, the team announced today.

“I am excited and proud to welcome Ime and Joseph to our program,” said 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown. “The depth of basketball knowledge and experience that each brings to our bench will be integral in furthering the success we have enjoyed over the last two seasons.”

“Our players will continue to develop and improve under their direction and they will help me strive to guide our team toward our ultimate goal of winning a championship.”

Udoka joins Brown’s staff after spending the last seven seasons on San Antonio’s bench under Gregg Popovich, where he was part of a coaching staff that led the Spurs to the 2014 NBA title over Miami. In both 2013 and 2014, Udoka served as the Spurs’ Summer League head coach.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with Brett in Philadelphia,” Udoka said. “He has done a great job building a respected program and I look forward to joining his staff. This is a wonderful opportunity and I embrace the challenge of taking the next step in my career. I am excited to get to work and help this extremely talented roster continue to achieve success at the highest level.”

Prior to coaching, Udoka enjoyed a 13-year playing career, including seven seasons in the NBA. He appeared in 316 games (80 starts) for San Antonio, Sacramento, Portland, New York and the Lakers, averaging 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game. He posted career highs with 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 2006-07 with the Blazers. He also played professionally in Spain, France, Argentina, the NBA G League, the United States Basketball League (USBL) and the International Basketball Association.

A Portland, Oregon native, Udoka earned NBA G League First Team honors, as well as the Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award in 2005-06 while playing for the Fort Worth Flyers. Udoka has played internationally for the Nigerian national team in several FIBA tournaments, earning bronze medals at AfroBasket 2005 (Algeria) and AfroBasket 2011 (Madagascar). He played college basketball at the University of San Francisco and Portland State.

Blair most recently served as the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the G League affiliate of the Houston Rockets, and led the team to the 2019 G League title over the Long Island Nets. He originally joined the Rockets organization as an assistant with Rio Grande Valley in 2015, after spending two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Arizona.

“I’m honored and excited to work alongside Brett, this staff, and team, as well as being a part of such a historic, respected, and energetic organization,” Blair said. “I look forward to learning, growing, and adding value, all while producing positive results for the city and the organization.”

Blair’s professional career spanned from 1996-2009 and included stops in France, the USBL, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Russia. He also performed with the Harlem Globetrotters. Blair spent four years at Arizona, where he averaged 14.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game for the Wildcats as a senior. Following his collegiate career, he was drafted No. 35 overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by Seattle.

More than 15 years ago, Blair founded the Blair Charity Group, which seeks to change the lives of the country’s most vulnerable youth. The group and its partners, through the Arizona Basketball Academy, provide access to world-class basketball camps and clinics for thousands of underserved youth in southern Arizona.

DeRozan fined for throwing basketball at referee

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $25,000 for recklessly throwing the basketball toward a game official and into the spectator stands, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, for which DeRozan was assessed one technical foul and ejected, occurred with 5:01 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Spurs’ 117-103 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, April 20 at AT&T Center.

To view the incident, click on the following link:

http://www.nba.com/video/2019/04/21/bbops-nuggets-spurs-042019