3:30 AM EDT, Sat July 21, 2018
13 hours ago
Masai Ujiri apologizes to DeMar DeRozan for trade miscommunication

Masai Ujiri apologizes to DeMar DeRozan for trade miscommunication

DeRozan wasn’t happy about being traded, and his former team understands why. When the trade that sent (in part) DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard, the former Raptor was not happy. With the franchise having already been spurned by Vince Carter and Chris Bosh in the past, DeRozan was committed and ready to be that first true franchise player for Toronto. Then he found out he was traded. Apparently this was not a possibility that had been conveyed to him in recent discussions with Raptors management, and he let the world know how he felt about it on Instagram. A Kawhi...
20 hours ago
Open Thread: Changes coming to the San Antonio Spurs

Open Thread: Changes coming to the San Antonio Spurs

On the day when there were no games in all four major sports, the summer’s biggest sports news was happening So for starters, I got a text yesterday from my buddy asking me what I thought about the trade. I feel like no one, myself included, initially thought Danny Green was going to be part of a trade package that moved Kawhi Leonard out of San Antonio. What hit me was not so much that we lost Danny, but that the Spurs traded away their two best defensive players (from the last season when both played a majority of the season) for yet another guard (albeit a very talented guard) and a...
Jul 19, 2018
What it costs to be a Spur

What it costs to be a Spur

Even amidst a career full of River Walk Parades and Larry O’Brien trophies, there’s always a price to pay. For the better part of twenty years, San Antonio’s marquee players have been politely, if underwhelmingly, appreciated by those outside of San Antonio. We’ve seen them endure heartbreaking losses and grit their way through some truly ridiculous injuries only to be celebrated once they near the end of their playing careers. This is not an unusual thing for players on small market teams, but it is unusual considering their achievements; chief among them the multiple titles. I...
Jul 19, 2018
What Kawhi Leonard leaving the Spurs means

What Kawhi Leonard leaving the Spurs means

In this special edition of In The Bonus, the PtR staff offer their opinion on the trade. 1 - Kawhi Leonard is now a Toronto Raptor. How happy are you with the return the Spurs got? Bruno Passos: I’m fine with it. The rumored expectations the team had for a return set a high bar that, more than anything, probably served as a starting point for their negotiations. Getting back an All-Star, a promising young player, and a 2019 pick that will likely be in the late 20s satisfies the need to stay competitive while giving them a few more pieces for the future. I’m not as worried as others...
Jul 19, 2018
What Spur Fans Can Expect From DeMar DeRozan

What Spur Fans Can Expect From DeMar DeRozan

The big news of course is the end of a very long ordeal, the strange drama is finally and mercifully, over. There were more rumors and un-Spurs-like storylines the past year than the previous twenty years combined. The man who would be heir to Tim Duncan’s throne, the quiet young man who seemed to be the quintessential Spur, the transcendent player who may or may not have actually held out and was not at all who Spur fans thought he was, is gone. DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl are now Spurs. DeRozan is of course the centerpiece. What should Spur fans expect from DeRozan in a Spurs...
Jul 19, 2018
Open Thread: Happy birthday, LaMarcus Aldridge!

Open Thread: Happy birthday, LaMarcus Aldridge!

The Spurs All-Star turns 33 today. Raise a glass to the man who carried the San Antonio Spurs into the playoffs last season on his broad shoulders. While many players spend their evening with festivities out on the town, my bet is LMA is having a nice, quiet celebration with his family. But if you do see LaMarcus Aldridge out on the town, wish him the best. And for now, enjoy some highlights: Welcome to The Thread. Join in the conversation, start your own discussion, and share your thoughts. This is the Spurs community, your Spurs community. Thanks for being here. Our community...
Jul 19, 2018
Leonard moves on and Spurs fans lose their innocence

Leonard moves on and Spurs fans lose their innocence

Camelot was fun while it lasted, but San Antonio may be just another team now. So . . . how was your Wednesday? Haha, just kidding Spurs peeps. Just thought I’d begin this with a little trademark Stampler gallows humor, on this, one of like two or three Spurs-related events that could possibly compel me to write again after my self-imposed exile/retirement. I know it was a rough one for most of you, but I hope it wasn’t too much of a shock. What may be a surprise, however, is that I’m about to do something I never thought I’d do: write the kind of new-age, new-media, namby-pamby,...
Jul 18, 2018
In a lose-lose situation, the Spurs came out winners

In a lose-lose situation, the Spurs came out winners

San Antonio got what they needed most out of a Kawhi Leonard trade: control of their present and a clearer vision of the future. Wednesday’s blockbuster trade with the Toronto Raptors confirmed two San Antonio Spurs realities: neither their relationship with Kawhi Leonard nor the organization’s constitutional drive to win were connected to a reset button. The Leonard saga had worn on everyone, first behind closed doors and then out in the open, through the most taxing 47-win season possible, then hovering over a brief postseason, uneventful draft night, and the majority of free...
Jul 18, 2018
Gregg Popovich: No timeline for retirement

Gregg Popovich: No timeline for retirement

The Spurs head coach provides a silver lining on the San Antonio’s cloudy day After what was a hectic and emotional morning with the trading of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors, Spurs fans and media were treated to a press conference by none other than head coach Gregg Popovich. Making his first appearance in front of the media since the passing of his wife Erin back in April, Popovich took about 20 minutes to discuss a variety of topics, some obvious and others not. The one not being discussed about enough? The timetable, or lack thereof, for his retirement. Jabari...
Jul 18, 2018
A Spurs fan’s farewell to Danny Green

A Spurs fan’s farewell to Danny Green

Saying goodbye to a perfect Spur. A strange feeling came about when I woke up in Houston this morning. I had been 200 mi down IH-10 for a business meeting and was completing my morning routine of checking on the Spurs headlines before heading back to San Antonio. That’s when I saw it: Kawhi Leonard has been traded to the Toronto Raptors for All-Star guard DeMar DeRozen, Austrian big man Jakob Poeltl, and a draft pick. Great! The Summer of Kawhi can finally close on this brutal chapter, the Spurs got a decent enough haul in return, and we can now move on with our lives. But...
Jul 18, 2018
Meet your new Spur, Jakob Poeltl

Meet your new Spur, Jakob Poeltl

“The other guy” on the Kawhi Leonard trade could be a valuable piece for the Spurs. The Kawhi Leonard saga is over. The star wing is now a Toronto Raptor. The Spurs pulled a trigger on a deal that brings back an All-Star in DeMar DeRozan, along with Jakob Poeltl and a first round pick. Most fans will be familiar with DeRozan, as he’s been in the spotlight for years. Poeltl, on the other hand, is probably an unknown to many. Some might have even been disappointed that he was the one included instead of OG Anunoby. Yet there’s a lot to like about the 23-year-old center. Poeltl has...
Jul 18, 2018
Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard

Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard

The Klaw is reportedly now a Toronto Raptor. It appears Kawhi Leonard is getting his wish. Sort of. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms on a deal that would send the reportedly disgruntled superstar to the Great White North in exchange for DeMar DeRozan. The Spurs are also sending away Danny Green and will receive big man Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick in return, also per Woj: San Antonio has agreed to trade Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019...
Jul 18, 2018
Report: Spurs are in the process of getting DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard

Report: Spurs are in the process of getting DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard

Looks like San Antonio found a deal they could finally swing to for their allegedly disgruntled superstar. The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly in the final stages of a deal to send Kawhi Leonard and a player (or players) to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan and a player (or players). It started with this: Toronto is close to a deal to acquire Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard, league sources tell @ChrisBHaynes and me. Trade package includes DeMar DeRozan, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 18, 2018 It has apparently progressed to point where this story by...
Jul 18, 2018
Open Thread: From the supermax to vet minimum, where will Kawhi Leonard land?

Open Thread: From the supermax to vet minimum, where will Kawhi Leonard land?

As a Brinks truck becomes a wheelbarrow in Denver, the fate of the Spurs “future” remains unknown Not so long ago, in a galaxy circumscribed by Loop 1604, Kawhi Leonard was the 2014 NBA Finals MVP. He followed up his rise to the top of the league by quietly shutting down every star player on each of the other 29 squads, and in doing do, receiving back-to-back Kia Defensive Player of the Year honors. For two seasons he was in the top 3 in voting for the prestigious MVP award and before the 2017-18 season started, he was considered the frontrunner to claim the prize. Then quadriceps...
Jul 17, 2018
Reasons for Spurs fans to be optimistic

Reasons for Spurs fans to be optimistic

There are currently plenty of silver linings in San Antonio. This is the difficult truth: the San Antonio Spurs are rebuilding. Rebuilding started the moment Kawhi Leonard decided he would go into hiding last season. When your best player basically disappears, holds out and demands a trade, you’re officially in rebuilding mode. The question is not whether they have to rebuild, it’s what kind of rebuild they will undergo. There are various types of rebuilding. For some fans, the word is synonymous with tanking or giving up. I’m not a proponent of tanking. History has shown that...