Spurs release “1,336 Coach Pop NFT Collection”

The San Antonio Spurs announced the “1,336 Coach Pop NFT Collection” a special set of 1,336 exclusive non-fungible tokens that honor Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s 1,336 career wins, which now stand as the most of any coach in NBA history.

Featuring digital recreations of Popovich’s famous hand-drawn play cards that helped the Spurs win five NBA Championships, each one of the minted NFTs will be available March 14th on OpenSea with 100% of all proceeds going to the San Antonio Food Bank.

Each of the 1,336 animated NFTs feature a random combination of five hand-drawn plays from Popovich along with the five Spurs court designs that have served as the floor for each of his 26 seasons in San Antonio. Iconic Spurs plays drawn up by San Antonio’s leader like “Loop Shields” and “Lock and Lob” are combined with classic courts like the “Spurs Icon” and “Original Spurs Fiesta Logo” with Coach Pop’s signature included on each NFT.

In honor of Popovich’s five titles, the first 5 of 1,336 will stand alone as distinct one-of-one NFTs that will feature a completely unique play and court combination. These special five NFTs will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and will also include the original hard copy of the play card, hand-drawn and autographed by Popovich, along with a unique in-person VIP Spurs experience at a game in San Antonio next season.

First five combinations of Play Cards and Courts:

  1. Loop Shields x Spurs Icon

  2. Side Out of Bounds 212 x Throwback Spurs Primary Logo

  3. 5 Down Strong x Throwback Spurs Wordmark

  4. Lock and Lob x Fiesta Spurs Icon

  5. Circle Blu x Original Spurs Fiesta Logo

The remaining 1,331 of 1,336 will go on sale for 0.1 ETH apiece, with each NFT featuring a randomized distribution of play cards and courts that will be minted based on the percentage of Popovich’s wins that came on each of San Antonio’s five home floors that the Silver & Black played on during Coach Pop’s tenure.

The “1,336 Coach Pop NFT Collection” auction will go live on Monday, March 14 at 9 a.m. CT and will be open until Thursday, March 17 at 9 p.m. CT.

Spurs waive Tomáŝ Satoranský, who is expected to sign with Washington

The San Antonio Spurs have waived guard Tomáŝ Satoranský, the team announced Saturday

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Satoransky will return to the Washington Wizards, where he played three seasons through 2018.

Satoranský, 30, appeared in one game with the Spurs. He was acquired from Portland, along with a 2027 second-round pick from Utah, in a three-team deal with the Trail Blazers and Jazz on Feb. 9.

In 33 games this season, the six-year veteran is averaging 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

San Antonio defeated Washington in double-overtime 157-153 Friday night and will travel to Miami to battle the Heat Saturday night.

Spurs add Richardson, Langford, first-round pick for White

On Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs acquired guards Josh Richardson and Romeo Langford, a protected 2022 first-round pick, and the rights to swap 2028 first-round draft picks with the Celtics in exchange for guard Derrick White.

Boston, who have won six straight, gets a solid player in White. The 27-year-old guard is averaging 14.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per contest this season.

The five-year veteran has spent his entire NBA career with San Antonio. White is one of four players in franchise history with at least 2,000 points, 500 assists, 150 steals, and 150 blocks in their first 250 career games, along with David Robinson, Willie Anderson, and Tim Duncan.

White, who signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the Spurs last season, was supposed to be one of the building blocks for San Antonio, but the Silver & Black decided to go in a different direction.

Richardson, 28, has appeared in 44 games this season for the Celtics and is averaging 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. The seven-year veteran has played for the Heat, 76ers, and Celtics. 

The 22-year-old Langford is averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds. 

San Antonio is in the midst of a rebuild, and in the deals they made before the deadline, the Spurs acquired multiple draft picks. They will have three first-round picks in the 2022 draft, which will be huge as the Spurs try to improve their roster.

Spurs ship Young to Raptors

The San Antonio Spurs have acquired guard Goran Dragić, a protected 2022 first-round pick from Toronto in exchange for center Drew Eubanks, forward Thaddeus Young, and a 2022 second-round pick, the teams announced Thursday.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors are waiving Drew Eubanks. In addition, the 35-year-old Dragić, who appeared in five games this season for the Raptors, will reportedly be bought out by the Spurs.

The 33-year-old Young, who the Spurs acquired in the offseason, appeared in 26 games this season, averaging 6.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 14.2 minutes. The 15-year veteran should give the red-hot Raptors, who have won seven-straight, a boost off the bench.

For the Spurs, they get a protected first-round pick, which will be very helpful as they continue to rebuild.

 

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Cavs’ Garland on LeVert: ‘When he gets comfortable, I think it’s going to be really scary’

There are happy days in Cleveland after the acquisition of Caris LeVert, and on Wednesday night, he made his debut.

LeVert, who was dealt to Cleveland from Indiana, would come off the bench and score 11 points in 28 minutes of action, and the Cavs would defeat the Spurs 105-92 to get their seventh consecutive victory at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The Cavs(34-21) have won three straight, while the Spurs(20-35) have lost four of five.

Here’s the Great, The Not So Great, and Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over the Spurs.

The Great for the Cavs:

-Darius Garland is back, and he picked up where he left off. Garland, who missed four games due to lower back soreness, was 12/15 from the field and had 27 points, five rebounds, and six assists. The 80% shooting from the floor was the best field goal percentage of his career. While he had six turnovers, the offense flowed better with the third-year guard in the mix, and all is well for the Cavs when Garland is on the court.

-Evan Mobley got it done for Cleveland. He had 18 points and 12 rebounds. This was Mobley’s 12th double-double of the season, which is the most by a Cavs’ rookie since LeBron James(2003-04).

-Jarrett Allen had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Since the All-Star snub, Allen has three straight double-doubles. He recorded his 29th double-double of the season Wednesday night, which is good news. When Allen has a double-double, the Cavs are 24-5 this season.

By the way, he got snubbed again when commissioner Adam Silver selected LaMelo Ball over him to replace an injured Kevin Durant in the All-Star Game. Both Ball and Allen are having excellent seasons, but Allen and the Cavs have won more, which should have given him the edge.

Second Quarter:  Cleveland trailed 30-29 after one quarter and picked things up in quarter number two. San Antonio took their final lead of 34-33 with 10:00 minutes left in the quarter, and the Cavs went on a 10-0 run to take a 43-34 lead. Cleveland picked up the defense as the Spurs shot 33% from the floor, including 1/9 from deep. The Cavs would outscore the Spurs 28-18 in the second and took a 57-48 lead at halftime.

Third Quarter: The Cavs would pour it on in the third. They went on a 16-2 run to start the quarter and took a 23-point lead, which was their largest lead of the game. Cleveland shot 55% from the field in the third and really was in complete control from there. The Cavs would take an 84-73 lead into the fourth.  

The Not So Great for the Cavs:

We could talk about the turnovers(15), but that’s for another night.

Bottom Line:

While it may take time for LeVert to get completely comfortable, it’s clear he fits well with this team. LeVert’s versatility is huge as we saw him spend some time on the ball. As stated here, they needed a guy who could create his own shot at a high level, and LeVert is that guy.

As for the standings, Cleveland(fourth seed) is one game behind the Heat for the top spot in the East.

“When he gets comfortable, I think it’s going to be really scary,” Garland said postgame about LeVert.

What’s Next:

Cleveland begins a three-game road trip before the All-Star break Friday night in Indiana against the Pacers.

Best of the Rest:

-Isaac Okoro added 14 points for Cleveland, and he also scored his 1,000th career point Wednesday night. Kevin Love had seven points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

-For the Spurs, Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell led the way with 18 points apiece; Derrick White chipped in with 17, and Dejounte Murray had 16 points, six rebounds, and nine assists.

Watch below as LeVert talks debut with Cavs:

 

Bol, Forbes headline three-team deal between Celtics, Nuggets, Spurs

In a three-team deal, the San Antonio Spurs send guard Bryn Forbes to Denver, while Boston acquires Bol Bol and PJ Dozier from the Nuggets, and the Spurs receive F Juancho Hernangómez and cash considerations from the Celtics, along with a protected 2028 second-round pick and cash considerations from the Denver Nuggets, the teams announced Wednesday.

Hernangómez has appeared in 18 games for the Celtics this season. Originally selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Nuggets, Hernangómez, 26, has played for three teams in his six-year career.

Forbes, 28, saw action in 40 games for the Spurs this season, averaging 9.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 16.9 minutes.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Bol Bol, 22, has decided to undergo surgery on his foot and be sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks. Bol was recently traded to Detroit, but the deal was voided last week because of an issue with the physical exam.

Pop on Embiid: ‘He’s playing some of his best basketball for sure’

Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid continued to be his dominant self Friday night against the Spurs. Embiid had his sixth straight game of 30 points and his 13th 30-point game of the season as he tallied 31 points, 12 boards, and seven assists.

Ultimately, the 76ers(22-16) would win their sixth straight after defeating San Antonio(15-23) 119-100 at Wells Fargo Center.

Embiid’s 30-point streak ranks second in the league this season to LeBron James(seven games).

In addition, Embiid joins Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson as the only 76ers to score at least 30 points in six straight games.  

“There’s guys that trust me to make plays,” Embiid said postgame. “Like, I was telling them it’s not about scoring, it’s about making the right plays. These days teams don’t play man an; they play double. Stay aggressive, play double team and get shots off; you know I gotta get my guys open and make their job easier.”

The four-time All-Star is playing at an elite level, and before Friday’s win over San Antonio, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich showed Embiid some love.

“He’s obviously a wonderful player, and he’s playing some of his best basketball for sure,” Popovich said. “Everybody tries to guard him, front him, double team him, try to limit his catches, try not to foul him. All these kinds of things, but the game starts, and he scores 30 a night. 

Embiid is getting it done for the 76ers, and after some COVID issues, which caused this team to struggle, Philadelphia is slowly climbing up the standings, and Embiid is the biggest reason.

Notes:

The 76ers saw three players with stat lines of at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists against San Antonio.  Embiid(31 pointts, 12 rebounds, seven assists), Seth Curry(23 points, seven rebounds, seven assists), and Tobias Harris(23 points, seven rebounds, five assists).

Per Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time since Jan. 18, 1991, where the 76ers had three players post such stat lines in the same game.

Watch below as Popovich talks Embiid:

Spurs sign Tyler Johnson, Anthony Lamb to 10-day contracts

The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard Tyler Johnson and forward Anthony Lamb to 10-day contracts under the NBA’s COVID-related hardship exception, the team announced Thursday.

 Johnson,29, has played in three games this season with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.7 minutes while on a 10-day contract.

The seven-year veteran has played for the Heat, Suns, Nets, and 76ers. 

Lamb has played 13 games this season in the NBA G League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging 15.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 33.2 minutes. 

Last season, the 23-year-old appeared in 24 games with the Houston Rockets, averaging 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 17.3 minutes.

Currently, San Antonio, who defeated the Celtics 99-97 in Boston Wednesday night, has five players out due to health and safety protocols: Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Thaddeus Young, and Doug McDermott. Lonnie Walker IV(competition due to reconditioning) is listed as questionable for Friday’s game the 76ers.

 

Spurs sign Jaylen Morris to 10-day contract

The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard Jaylen Morris to a 10-day contract under the NBA’s COVID-related hardship exception, the team announced Saturday. 

Doug McDermott and Lonnie Walker IV are reportedly both out against the Pistons due to health and safety protocols, and Dejounte Murray(conditioning), who just cleared health and safety protocols, is also out against Detroit.

Morris, 26, has played in 13 games with the Austin Spurs in the NBA G League this season, averaging 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.62 steals in 27.3 minutes.

He also played on the Spurs 2021 Summer League team in Utah and Las Vegas, averaging 10.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 22.5 minutes. 

Morris has had two stints in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks.

Forbes on return to Spurs: ‘It feels great to be back’

The San Antonio Spurs have officially signed guard Bryn Forbes, the team announced on Wednesday. Terms of the contract are unknown.

Forbes, 28, spent the first four years of his career with the Spurs and returns to San Antonio after helping the Milwaukee Bucks win the 2021 NBA championship last season.

“This is like my second home,” Forbes said about returning to San Antonio. “It feels great to be back.”

In his lone year in Milwaukee, Forbes averaged 10.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 19.3 minutes while shooting .452 from three-point range, which ranked fourth in the NBA. Forbes was one of three players in the league to make over 150 three-pointers while shooting at least 45 percent last season.

After going undrafted in 2016, Forbes made the Spurs roster after spending training camp with San Antonio. In four years with the Spurs, he averaged 8.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 21.7 minutes over 261 games, including 155 starts.

In five career seasons, Forbes has made 584 three-pointers while shooting .412 from long range. Since Forbes entered the NBA in 2016, only ten players in the league have hit more threes while shooting at least 40 percent from beyond the arc.