1:02 AM EDT, Mon August 02, 2021
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The Spurs’ front office may need to earn fans’ trust back

The Spurs’ front office may need to earn fans’ trust back

Photos by Chris Elise/NBAE via Spurs fans have rightfully started to question the decision-makers after three years of limbo. This is the offseason in which the front office can make them believers again. The Spurs selected Josh Primo with the 12th pick in the draft, far ahead of where he was projected to be nabbed, and the reaction to the pick revealed something about the current state of the franchise: the fans no longer trust the front office. The overreaction to the Primo pick was not one of just confusion by those who had consumed mock drafts for weeks, but one of...
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The San Antonio Spurs announce their 2021 Summer League roster

The San Antonio Spurs announce their 2021 Summer League roster

Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via The Silver and Black reveal an impressive collection of talent before they head out to Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer League. The San Antonio Spurs officially released their roster for Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer League earlier today. Spurs Official Summer League Roster: pic.twitter.com/gXIL3er6Z3— Noah Magaro-George (@N_Magaro) August 1, 2021 Second-year guards Devin Vassell and Tre Jones didn’t get a chance to play Summer League basketball a year ago after COVID-19 forced the league to cancel the annual event. But...
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Get to know your new Spur: Joe Wieskamp

Get to know your new Spur: Joe Wieskamp

Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getting to know the Spurs’ 2021 Draft picks. After reaching for the stars and going with upside and potential over immediate impact with their first round pick of Josh Primo, the San Antonio Spurs took a more traditional route with their second round pick, selecting 6’7” swingman Joe Wieskamp at 41st, who is considered one of the top shooters in this draft class. Born in Muscatine, Iowa, Wieskamp was a multi-sport athlete growing up. He played baseball and was a quarterback in middle school, but he quit after breaking...
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Open Thread: Devin Vassell and Tre Jones will be involved with Summer League

Open Thread: Devin Vassell and Tre Jones will be involved with Summer League

Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Making up for summer’s lost with the 2020 draft class Now that the NBA Draft is over, it is time to get excited about Summer League. First stop, Salt Lake City where the Spurs will play three games in four nights against the Memphis Grizzlies and two Utah Jazz squads. This smaller tournament is a wonderful opportunity to see the players in a micro version of the Las Vegas Summer League which takes place the following week. I had the fortune to be able to attend the SLC Summer League in 2019, and I will be heading back this summer as...
Jul 31, 2021
Rumor: Kelly Oubre is interested in signing with the Spurs

Rumor: Kelly Oubre is interested in signing with the Spurs

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports The Spurs will be looking to fill out their front court, but Oubre could be a relatively affordable option. The Spurs will be looking to fill out their front court in free agency, and one name they’ve been tied to in the past free agent forward Kelly Oubre Jr. After being mentioned as a player they were interested in back in June, the interest is now mutual. According to San Antonio Express News’ Tom Orsborn, Oubre’s camp believes the Spurs would be a good fit for him. UFA SF Kelly Oubre Jr. has interest in the #Spurs, with his...
Jul 31, 2021
The Celtics are rumored to be interested in signing Patty Mills

The Celtics are rumored to be interested in signing Patty Mills

Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports A recent report has revealed that the Boston Celtics are interested in signing veteran guard Patty Mills. According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, the Boston Celtics have listed Patty Mills as one of their free agent targets. Hearing that the Celtics have a list of "seven or eight" free agent targets, including Spurs point guard Patty Mills. ... Discussions between team and Evan Fournier are ongoing, but not close to resolution.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 30, 2021 This shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise considering...
Jul 31, 2021
Brian Wright’s post-draft interview gave a window into the future of the franchise

Brian Wright’s post-draft interview gave a window into the future of the franchise

You don’t hear from NBA general managers often, but when you do, you better listen, especially when it’s coming from the general manager of the San Antonio Spurs Just like any draft night, the general manager of each team talks to their respective media channels about their individual drafts. So after a draft full of contentious decisions, Spurs GM Brian Wright addressed the media. The next 10 minutes included intriguing questions which rightfully got tantalizing answers from Wright about the direction this San Antonio team is heading. Let’s explore and dissect some of...
Jul 31, 2021
The Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Keita Bates-Diop

The Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Keita Bates-Diop

Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports He will now become a restricted free agent. The San Antonio Spurs have made their first official move of free agency by extending a qualifying offer to forward Keita Bates-Diop, making him a restricted free agent. There is no word on what the amount is, but it’s likely the minimum. Per a source: The San Antonio Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Keita Bates-Diop. Bates-Diop will be a restricted free agent.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 30, 2021 From here, he can either accept the offer (similar to what Jakob Poeltl did...
Jul 31, 2021
Open Thread: Determining the face of each NBA franchise: Chicago Bulls

Open Thread: Determining the face of each NBA franchise: Chicago Bulls

A fun little exercise to get us through until basketball resumes As we move into August we’re going to take a look at the other twenty-nine teams in the NBA. Each team just drafted some new players and in the coming days free agency, Summer League, and training camps will shape the upcoming season. But this is not about that (though feel free to talk about all of this in the comments). This is about the identity of a team, the face of each franchise if you will. That is one player, not some conglomeration of skills and faces. The Chicago Bulls seems the easiest to start with...
Jul 30, 2021
What does the Josh Primo pick mean for the Spurs?

What does the Josh Primo pick mean for the Spurs?

Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Noah Magaro-George and Damien Bartonek discuss what the youngest player in 2021 Draft Class brings to the table and how San Antonio’s latest lottery investment impacts their timeline. The San Antonio Spurs shocked the basketball world when they took Alabama freshman guard Josh Primo with the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft a night ago. Though the 18-year-old performed well at the combine and worked out for the organization leading up to the annual welcoming party for incoming players, most expected Primo to land somewhere in the...
Jul 30, 2021
Get to know your new Spur: Josh Primo

Get to know your new Spur: Josh Primo

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getting to know each of the Spurs’ 2021 draft picks. It’s been almost 24 hours since the San Antonio Spurs made the most shocking (and controversial) pick if the 2021 NBA Draft, selecting 18 year-old guard Josh Primo out of Alabama with the 12th overall pick. The decision was met with confusion and anger from many fans, but it’s time to let the dust settle and get to know your knew Spur. Born in Toronto, Canada on Christmas Eve, 2002, Primo attended high school at Huntington Prep School in West Virginia before transferring to Royal...
Jul 30, 2021
Determining Josh Primo’s role with the Spurs in Year 1

Determining Josh Primo’s role with the Spurs in Year 1

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports A Starter?! Coming off the Bench? G-League? The pick no one expected: Joshua Primo is now a San Antonio Spur. There is so much to unpack here with this pick and this prospect. As the 12th pick, Primo is just 18 years old, and it’s easy to predict he will spend most of his first year in the G-League with the Austin Spurs. Gregg Popovich likes to play guys that he trusts, and at 18 years old its hard to see Pop trusting him with meaningful minutes as part of a regular rotation role. Still, meaningful minutes and some type of role in San...
Jul 30, 2021
Open Thread: The “where are they now” side of the last five Spurs draft seasons

Open Thread: The “where are they now” side of the last five Spurs draft seasons

Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via For those who have come and gone. Yesterday we talked about the first round draft picks from 2016-2020. But what about the second round? As mentioned, the Spurs traded away their second round pick in 2016 for Ray McCallum. Ray stayed the season 2015-2016 but was waived along with Rasual Butler to make room for Andre Miller and Kevin Martin. The Spurs hoped to add experience to their roster and made a last push before Tim Duncan’s retirement. The actual player drafted in the 59th spot (by the Sacramento Kings) was Isaiah Cousins. He...
Jul 30, 2021
The Spurs added some much-needed shooting by picking Joe Wieskamp

The Spurs added some much-needed shooting by picking Joe Wieskamp

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports The Spurs’ second round pick has a chance of having a long career if his outside shooting translates to the pros. After making a surprising selection in the first round, the Spurs went the safer route in the second, grabbing Joe Wieskamp with the 41st overall pick in the draft. Anyone concerned about the NBA readiness of Josh Primo should be happy with the Wieskamp pick. The 21-year-old junior may lack the upside of others but he has a skill that should translate to the pros sooner rather than later: outside shooting. The 6’6...
Jul 29, 2021
The Spurs select Joe Wieskamp with the 41st pick of the 2021 NBA Draft

The Spurs select Joe Wieskamp with the 41st pick of the 2021 NBA Draft

Photo by Gregory Shamus/ The Spurs selected a second swingman in the second round. After the unexpected pick of Josh Primo with the 12th overall pick, the San Antonio Spurs have used the 41st pick on another 6’7” swingman: Joe Wieskamp of the University of Iowa. With selection of Iowa-ex Joe Wieskamp at No. 41, Spurs try to shore up their dreadful 3-point shooting. The 6-foot-7 Iowa native shot 46.2 from beyond the arc last season on 5.1 attempts per game while averaging 14.8 points.— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) July 30, 2021 We’ll have plenty more on this...