San Antonio Spurs Player News: All Positions

News: Poirer delivered 10 points (3-3 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three rebounds across 19 minutes during the Spurs' 80-72 loss to the Hawks in a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game Friday.
Impact: The French big man saw action in just two games in the tournament, averaging 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds across 11.0 minutes. Poirier stayed busy last season by participating in both the G League (9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 block across 20.1 minutes over 40 games) and the Italian League. At 6-foot-11, he presents as an intriguing prospect, but he seemingly has an uphill battle to earn a reserve frontcourt spot in the coming season, especially with fellow young big Drew Eubanks impressing to the tune of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks over three games in Las Vegas.
News: Robinson generated 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT) and 11 rebounds across 17 minutes during the Spurs' 80-72 loss to the Hawks in a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game Friday.
Impact: Robinson capped off his stint in the desert with a solid showing, and his rebounding total paced the Spurs for the night. The veteran big man acquitted himself well during his relatively limited allotment of playing time in Las Vegas, averaging 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds across 14.0 minutes over four games, a body of work preceded by 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 17.0 minutes per three Salt Lake City League tilts. The 28-year-old will hope to parlay the solid body of work overall into a training camp invite at minimum.
News: Lyles agreed Thursday with the Spurs on a two-year contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After Marcus Morris reneged on his commitment with San Antonio and elected to join the Knicks, the Spurs turned their attention to Lyles as a replacement at forward. The 23-year-old offers a more youthful option than Morris and could have a better path to minutes in San Antonio than what existed on a deep Nuggets roster in 2018-19. Lyles appeared in 64 games for Denver last season, averaging 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 triples in 17.5 minutes per contest.
News: Samanic provided 11 points (3-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals across 22 minutes during the Spurs' 79-78 loss to the Suns in a Las Vegas Summer League game Wednesday.
Impact: Samanic continued to scuffle with his shot Wednesday, but he still found his way to an impressive line thanks to his free-throw shooting and work on the boards. The 2019 first-round pick has made a consistent impact in Las Vegas, as he's now averaging 10.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals over three games. Samanic had opened summer with similarly impressive numbers over two games in the Salt Lake City league, supplying 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks across 23.0 minutes.
News: Eubanks (rest) posted 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and one block across 24 minutes during the Spurs' 79-78 loss to the Suns in a Las Vegas Summer League game Wednesday.
Impact: Eubanks drew the start at center and put together another strong showing, checking in second behind Quinndary Weatherspoon in scoring on the Spurs for the night. The big man saw action in 23 regular-season games during his rookie 2018 campaign, averaging a modest 4.9 minutes over those contests. He was naturally much more productive in G League action, averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 blocks across 25 minutes in 32 games.
News: Weatherspoon contributed 19 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-9 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal across 25 minutes during the Spurs' 79-78 loss to the Suns in a Las Vegas Summer League game Wednesday.
Impact: The second-round pick paced the Spurs in scoring for the night, although it was his turnover in the closing seconds that sealed the win for the Suns. Weatherspoon is averaging 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals across two games in Las Vegas. He's already signed a two-way deal for the coming season after a solid career at Mississippi State, so he should have plenty of opportunity hone his skills in the G League this coming season.
News: Walker (rest) won't play in Wednesday's Summer League game against Phoenix, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Walker, who scored 32 points Monday against Toronto, will be held out Wednesday. The second-year guard, who's impressed thus far, will likely return for the Summer League playoffs which begin Friday.
News: Metu (foot) won't appear in any Summer League games, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Despite showing up on the Spurs' bench Wednesday, Metu was merely in Las Vegas to work out and support his teammates. He won't appear in any Summer league games as he's still rehabbing from a foot injury. Metu played 29 games last year, scoring 1.8 points and grabbing 1.2 rebounds in 5.0 minutes per contest.
News: Walker (rest) poured in 32 points (12-23 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and registered six rebounds along with two assists, two steals and two blocks over 30 minutes in Monday's summer league game against Toronto.
Impact: Walker was held out of Sunday's matchup for rest purposes, but he proved that he was ready to roll Monday evening. He led his squad in the scoring department and also contributed on the defensive end of the court in a three-point victory for the Spurs.
News: Robinson (knee) finished with 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and a block over 15 minutes in Monday's summer league game against the Raptors.
Impact: Robinson failed to play in Sunday's matchup due to a right knee injury, but he looked to be at full strength during Monday's clash. He shot the ball with efficiency on the day and proved valuable on the glass, paving the way to a 93-90 victory.
News: Morris, who agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Spurs, is now considering signing with the Knicks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: With the Knicks likely re-working their two-year, $21 million agreement with Reggie Bullock, they may have some extra cap space open to sign Morris. Should Morris end up in New York, he would be the fourth forward they sign in free agency this season, which could result in him being used more on the wing given the Knicks lack of quality depth at the small forward position. Expect Morris' destination to be worked out in the next couple of days.
News: The Spurs signed Weatherspoon on Monday to a two-way contract, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: San Antonio evidently saw enough from Weatherspoon, the 49th overall pick in June's draft, during his first three performances in summer league to hand him one of their two two-way roster spots. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound shooting guard is averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.7 minutes per contest between the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. He'll likely see the majority of his playing time with the G League's Austin Spurs once the regular season arrives.
News: Samanic supplied 16 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 24 minutes during Sunday's 106-96 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Samanic was assertive offensively, showcasing his wide range of skills, albeit while accumulating twice as many turnovers as dimes. Given the presence of LaMarcus Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl, Samanic has his work cut out for him in terms of earning significant minutes as a rookie. Even so, it remains a possibility he'll be part of the regular rotation as the third big man (behind the aforementioned two) almost immediately.
News: Johnson posted 19 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-7 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one block in 27 minutes during Sunday's 106-96 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Johnson continued his strong summer league with an efficient scoring performance in this one. His ability and desire to play hard and attack the rim is a good sign for him going forward. Nevertheless, on a deep team with playoff aspirations Johnson is fairly likely to spend a significant portion of his rookie year honing his craft in the G League.
News: Eubanks will sit out Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League matchup with the Hornets for rest purposes, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: With Eubanks and Lonnie Walker IV getting the day off, the Spurs will be able to get longer looks at the some of the other options on their summer-league roster. Eubanks put up 15 points, three blocks and two rebounds in 28 minutes during his first outing in Las Vegas.
News: Walker will sit out Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League game against the Hornets for rest purposes, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: The Spurs are just giving Walker some maintenance in the midst of a heavy game schedule. Walker tallied 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field in his first outing in Las Vegas.
News: Morris agreed Saturday with the Spurs on a two-year, $20 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Morris started 53 of his 75 appearances with the Celtics last season, posting 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.9 minutes. While joining the Spurs, he'll likely slot in a reserve at both forward spots, though it's possible he'll draw the start in certain circumstances. The Spurs already have DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMarre Carroll on hand to fill minutes at forward, making it likely that Morris notices a decreased role in his first year in San Antonio.
News: Carroll's original two-year, $13 million contract with the Spurs has been reworked into a three-year, $21 million deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The new contract allows the Spurs to keep the midlevel exception, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.com. Carroll figures to fight for forward minutes between Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Marco Belinelli, LaMarcus Aldridge and Davis Bertans.
News: Walker IV registered 28 points (11-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds and a steal across 24 minutes in Friday's 75-59 loss to the Magic in Las Vegas (Game halted due to earthquake).
Impact: Waker IV was the lone bright spot for the Spurs on Friday. Although the Spurs starting lineup should remain largely unchanged, the former 2018 first-round draft pick could be set up for an opportunity with the team if he keeps up this kind of pace in Vegas this summer.
News: Metu (foot) will not play during Friday's Las Vegas Summer League opener against the Magic on Friday, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Metu is still nursing a foot issue and is not with the team. There is a chance he'll fly out to Vegas if he gets healthy, however.
News: Johnson (rest) won't play in Wednesday's summer league game against Utah, Jabari Young of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johnson will get a well deserved day off Wednesday. Through two summer league games, the former Kentucky Wildcat's averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 22.0 minutes while shooting a blistering 58 percent from the floor. There's a good chance he'll return during the Las Vegas session Friday.
News: Samanic (rest) won't play in Wednesday's summer league game against the Jazz, Jabari Young of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's unsurprising that Shamanic's getting the day off after averaging 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 23.0 minutes through the first two games of the Salt Lake City session. Barring any injury, the rookie forward will likely return to the floor in Las Vegas.
News: Carroll and the Spurs agreed to terms Sunday on a two-year, $13 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The veteran had a bounce-back 2017-18 season with the Nets but appeared to regress last season, as he shot less than 40 percent from the floor, including 34.2 percent from three-point range -- his lowest mark since 2012-13. Still, the Spurs will bring him in to add depth on the wing after also agreeing to a deal to keep Rudy Gay.
News: Gay is expected to sign a two-year, $32 million contract to return to the Spurs when free agency opens Sunday evening, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While deals are not yet official, signings are beginning to trickle out, and it appears as though Gay will stay put on a deal that pays him an average of $16 million each of the next two seasons. The 32-year-old has bounced back well from a torn Achilles in San Antonio, and he's coming off of a year in which he averaged 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists while shooting a career-best 40.2 percent from three.
News: Metu (foot) will not play in the Salt Lake City Summer League, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Metu underwent a minor procedure on his foot after suffering the injury Thursday, and the team says the second-year player will be reevaluated in about 10 days. Metu appeared in 29 games as a rookie for the Spurs last season.
News: Metu failed to practice Thursday due to a foot injury suffered in a recent workout, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Metu is a candidate to play in summer league. The severity of his injury is unclear, and more information may arrive in the coming days.
News: Robinson will play for the Spurs' summer league team, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Robinson, who has played five years in the NBA, has struggled to find a consistent role. With the Pistons last season, he appeared in 47 contests, averaging 4.2 points and 1.5 boards in 13.0 minutes.
News: The Spurs selected Samanic at No. 19 in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Samanic is a 19-year-old foreign prospect out of Croatia, so it is not all that surprising to see him land in San Antonio. He projects as a stretch-four, but will need to fine-tune his shooting and all-around-game in order to earn minutes in Coach Popovich's rotation sooner than later.
News: Murray (knee) is expected to be back to full strength for the beginning of the Spurs' training camp in the fall, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. "He does his workouts. He does everything we want him to do," coach Gregg Popovich said of Murray. "He is excited about next season and he has been like that since the beginning of his rehab."
Impact: Viewed by many as a breakout candidate heading into 2018-19 while inheriting the starting point guard gig from the departed Tony Parker, Murray never received his chance to run the show after tearing the ACL in his right knee in the preseason. Murray, who will be 11 months removed from knee surgery by the time camp rolls around, already displayed notable progress before the Spurs' playoff run ended in late April. He had already resumed contact work and was dunking without any complications, so he'll likely turn his focus to building strength in his knee during the summer before returning to action without restrictions. Derrick White performed admirably as the Spurs' primary point guard last season, but he could shift over to shooting guard with Murray healthy again in 2019-20, which would give San Antonio one of the league's better defensive backcourts.
News: DeRozan compiled 19 points (7-21 Fg, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 43 minutes during Saturday's 90-86 loss to Denver.
Impact: DeRozan's debut season for the Spurs came to an end Saturday in what could only be described as a disappointing climax. He struggled from the field, connecting on just 7-of-21 shot attempts. The game ended with a curious sequence as the Spurs elected not to foul despite trailing by four points with 30 seconds to go. It was simply not meant to be for DeRozan and the Spurs and they will now have to watch from the sidelines as the Nuggets move on to face the Trail Blazers.
News: Aldridge finished with 16 points (6-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in 41 minutes during Saturday's 90-86 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Aldridge struggled from the field Saturday, his shot deserting him at the worst possible time. Overlooking the disappointing end to the season, Aldridge put together a strong series of games across the playoffs and was almost certainly the Spurs best player across that period. The arrival of DeMar DeRozan did little to impact Aldridge's value and it would appear things will remain much the same heading into next season.
News: Forbes had 19 points (7-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), and six rebounds in 39 minutes during Saturday's 90-86 loss to Denver.
Impact: Forbes was the only member of the Spurs to shoot at least 50 percent from the field in their Game 7 loss. He ended with 19 points including three triples but was relatively quiet outside of the scoring. Forbes has established himself as a solid source of three-pointers this season but the expected return of DeJounte Murray could certainly impact his role moving forward. Whether he is starting off coming off the bench, Forbes will likely be more of a streaming option next season.
News: Gay amassed 21 points (8-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal in 33 minutes during Saturday's 90-86 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Gay did all he could to help the Spurs in their Game 7 matchup with the Nuggets, however, it wasn't enough and the Spurs have now been eliminated from the post-season. Gay kept the Spurs in touch early, at one point scoring 11 consecutive points in the first quarter. All things considered, Gay put together a nice season in both reality and fantasy. He suffered through a couple of minor injuries but was generally healthy and relatively consistent over the course of the season.
News: Mills had six points (3-12 FG, 0-7 3Pt), six assists, three steals, and two rebounds in 25 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over Denver.
Impact: Mills missed all seven of his three-point attempts, ending the game with just six points on 3-of-12 shooting. He was far more aggressive on the offensive end but was unable to capitalize on the increased volume. He salvaged his line, however, recording six assists and three steals, both high marks for this year's playoffs.
News: Gay amassed 19 points (7-11 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 28 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Gay had his best game of the playoffs thus far, ending the victory 19 points on very efficient shooting. It was just the second time he has eclipsed 50 percent across the first six games, also nailing all three of his triple tries. The series is now headed for Game 7 in Denver on Saturday. Despite coming off the bench, Gay is typically a good measuring stick for the Spurs and they will be hoping he can repeat this performance once again.
News: DeRozan ended with 25 points (12-16 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, and seven assists in 36 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over Denver.
Impact: DeRozan bounced back after a disappointing Game 5, helping lead the Spurs to a 17 point victory, sending the series back to Denver for a deciding Game 7. This was a tight game for the majority with the Spurs managing to pull away in the fourth quarter, buoyed by some hot shooting from DeRozan. Denver will almost certainly be the favorites on their home floor but the Spurs have already won once on the road and will be confident of doing it once more as they attempt to advance to face the Trail Blazers.
News: Aldridge finished with 26 points (10-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, and one block in 38 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Aldridge was excellent for the Spurs, ending the game with a team-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds. The Spurs were able to resist a persistent Nuggets team, forcing a Game 7 which will be in Denver on Saturday. Aldridge has been a consistent source of points and rebounds for the Spurs across the seven-game series and will need to at his best if they are to force the upset Saturday.
News: White had 12 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-3 FT), two rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: White didn't post a terrible stat line, but he was outplayed by Denver's Jamal Murray for the second straight contest. Moreover, foul trouble convinced coach Gregg Popovich to take White off the floor early in the third quarter, after which the score was lopsided. White will look to help his team stay alive in Thursday's Game 6.
News: Poeltl compiled 12 points (6-7 FG, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds, and four assists in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Poeltl once again drew the unenviable task of defending Nikola Jokic. While Poeltl struggled to contain Jokic once again, San Antonio's 23-year-old center produced playoff career highs in scoring and assists and continues to receive ample minutes.
News: Aldridge chipped in 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, two steals, and one block in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Aldridge has gone for a double-double in two of the last three games. However, he has also failed to score 20 points in two of the last three. It's likely that the 33-year-old big man will need to step up offensively in order for the Spurs to keep up with the Nuggets and extend the series during Thursday's Game 6.