San Antonio Spurs Player News: All Positions

News: Gay (hamstring) has been cleared to play Friday against the Grizzlies, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: A hamstring injury has been bothering Gay, and he's been limited to two preseason appearances up to this point. He'll play Friday, and there's no reason to think he won't be available for the regular season opener Wednesday against the Knicks.
News: DeRozan (chest) will play Friday against the Grizzlies, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: A bruised chest has kept DeRozan on the sidelines, but he's feeling improved to play in the preseason finale. The Spurs' first regular season game is Wednesday against the Knicks.
News: Poeltl poured in 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-4 FT), five assists, three rebounds, one steal, and one block in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 128-114 win over the Rockets.
Impact: Poeltl came off the bench while Trey Lyles started alongside LaMarcus Aldridge down low. Whether Poeltl ends up coming off the bench or starting or oscillates between the two roles depending on matchups, he's a fairly well-rounded contributor capable of producing in every category except threes.
News: White produced 13 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 128-114 win over the Rockets.
Impact: White was highly effective operating as a reserve in this one while Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, and Lonnie Walker started along the perimeter in place of DeMar DeRozan (rest). White has proven himself to be a valuable contributor on both ends of the court. Still, it remains to be seen how the rotation will shake out, though this stat line stands as evidence that White could thrive in a reserve role if he's not part of the starting five.
News: Murray supplied 20 points (8-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 128-114 win over the Rockets.
Impact: Murray was phenomenal, pitching in with an extremely efficient scoring effort that saw him drain two treys and commit zero turnovers. Murray isn't known for his ability to step out beyond the arc, and an improvement as a shooter could catapult him into the Most Improved Player discussion after missing all of last year due to injury.
News: Walker went for five points (2-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 128-114 win over the Rockets.
Impact: Walker struggled from the field and the charity stripe but contributed across every category. Given the team's depth, Walker will likely have his work cut out for himself in terms of consistently earning enough minutes to hold value outside of deeper leagues. Nevertheless, performances like this one are proof of his potential to make a difference when his number is called.
News: Aldridge accumulated 22 points (11-13 FG, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 128-114 win over the Rockets.
Impact: Aldridge was spectacular, missing only two field goal attempts after sitting out Sunday's matchup for rest purposes. The 34-year-old big man is still a threat to score from anywhere on the floor, and his shooting ability bodes well for his ability to continue aging gracefully.
News: Aldridge will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: After resting Sunday against the Pelicans, Aldridge will return to his usual role in the starting lineup Wednesday against Houston. The veteran averaged 21.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33.2 minutes across 81 games last season.
News: Walker will get the start for Wednesday's game against Houston, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Walker will start at small forward Wednesday. The second-year wing scored eight points in 14 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Sunday.
News: Poeltl will come off the bench for Wednesday's tilt with the Rockets, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Poeltl will head to the bench for Wednesday's tilt with Houston while LaMarcus Aldridge will re-join the starting-five. Poeltl started 24-of-77 games a year ago, most of which came in the final quarter of the season.
News: DeRozan is unavailable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Rockets due to a bruised chest, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: DeRozan apparently suffered the injury during Sunday's preseason game against the Pelicans, though it isn't thought to be anything overly serious, according to Coach Gregg Popovich. Consider DeRozan day-to-day for San Antonio's final exhibition match Friday.
News: Gay is not playing in Wednesday's exhibition against the Rockets due to a hamstring injury, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: It was originally thought that Gay was being rested, but he's apparently been dealing with a lingering hamstring issue. Coach Gregg Popovic said the issue isn't anything serious, suggesting it won't affect Gay's status for the start of the regular season. He should be considered day-to-day for Friday's preseason finale.
News: Gay (rest) will not play in Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Rockets, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: Gay will join DeMar DeRozan on the sidelines as the two Spurs getting the night off Wednesday. San Antonio doesn't have much reason to play Gay before the regular season tips off next week.
News: DeRozan will not play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Rockets due to rest purposes, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: DeRozan has been rested periodically throughout the preseason, and Wednesday will be another one of those nights. He will likely return for the team's preseason finale Friday against the Grizzlies.
News: Williams signed a contract with San Antonio on Tuesday, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: Williams will join the Spurs' training camp roster, though he seems unlikely to have a spot come opening night. He could find himself spending the majority of the 2019-20 campaign with the Austin Spurs.
News: Lyles will start Sunday's game against the Pelicans.
Impact: Lyles looked to be out of the rotation earlier in the preseason, but with LaMarcus Aldridge resting Sunday, there's an opportunity for the young forward to move into the starting five and potentially see extended minutes.
News: Gay will be rested for Sunday's game against New Orleans, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Gay will join LaMarcus Aldridge on the sideline as the Spurs rest two of their key frontcourt veterans.
News: Aldridge will be rested for Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: It's just a routine day off for the veteran, who will likely be back in action for at least one of the Spurs' two remaining preseason games later in the week.
News: Belinelli (rest) will be available for Tuesday's preseason game against the Heat, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Belinelli rode the bench Saturday for rest purposes, but he'll be ready to roll Tuesday night. Trey Lyles is the only member of the Spurs getting the night off to rest.
News: Mills (rest) will be available for Tuesday's preseason game against the Heat, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Mills was held out for rest Saturday, but the Spurs have declared that Trey Lyles will be the only player sidelined for rest purposes Tuesday evening.
News: DeRozan (rest) will be available for Tuesday's preseason game against Miami, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: DeRozan was held out of Saturday's preseason opener against Orlando for rest purposes, but he'll have a chance to run the floor Tuesday night after the team announced Trey Lyles will be the only player held out for rest.
News: Carroll (rest) will be available to play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Heat, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Carroll was held out of Saturday's exhibition against Orlando for rest purposes, but the Spurs have announced that Trey Lyles will be the only player rested Tuesday evening.
News: Lyles won't play in Tuesday's preseason game against Miami due to rest, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Lyles will head to the bench for a second straight preseason contest, as the Spurs aim to make sure he's well-rested for the regular season.
News: Walker will start in place of DeMar DeRozan (rest) during Saturday's preseason game against the Magic, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: DeRozan was a late scratch Saturday, and the second-year Walker will step in. He saw double-digit minutes in five games last season, averaging 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist.
News: DeRozan, who was previously deemed a member of the starting five, will be rested during Saturday's preseason opener against the Magic, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: Coach Gregg Popovich's tendencies to change his starting five late and without warning apply to the preseason as well. In DeRozan's place, Lonnie Walker could see extended run.
News: Murray will start Saturday's preseason opener against the Magic, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Murray is fighting for a starting job against Dejounte Murray and Bryn Forbes, and Forbes is getting the start alongside Murray on Saturday. Things could be subject to change once the regular season arrives, however.
News: White will come off the bench during Saturday's preseason opener against the Magic, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: White is fighting for a starting job in the backcourt with Dejounte Murray and Bryn Forbes, but the latter two are getting the start in the preseason opener. The could change come the regular season, however.
News: Forbes is starting at shooting guard for Saturday's preseason opener against the Magic, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: It remains unclear who will start in the backcourt for the Spurs come the regular season, but Forbes and Dejounte Murray will get the nod over Derrick White, who is coming off the bench.
News: Carroll will sit out Saturday's preseason game against the Magic in order to rest, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: The offseason signee won't make his Spurs debut until at least Tuesday. Carroll, who averaged 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game last season, figures to play in a rotational role for the Spurs in 2019-20.
News: Mills (rest) won't play in Saturday's preseason tilt with Orlando, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: Mills will be held out Saturday in order to rest. The veteran guard, who will likely resume his usual backup duties in 2019-20, will likely return for Tuesday's game against the Heat.
News: Lyles will sit out Saturday's game against the Magic in order to rest, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: Lyles, who signed with the Spurs in the offseason, will rest Saturday. He doesn't appear to be struggling with an injury so there's a good chance he returns to action in Tuesday's preseason tilt with the Heat.
News: Belinelli will sit out Saturday's game against Orlando for rest purposes, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: Belinelli will sit out Saturday's preseason game against the Magic for rest purposes. The veteran averaged 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per game for the Spurs last season.
News: Murray has been starting in the backcourt alongside Derrick White during Spurs' practices, Jabari Young of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While it's not confirmed that Murray and White will occupy the starting backcourt together, signs are pointing in that direction. White had a better-than-expected 2018-19 campaign following Murray's torn ACL, and Murray was looking like a potential breakout player before the injury. If both players end up starting, Bryn Forbes would likely be pushed to the bench.
News: The Spurs exercised Walker's $2.89 million team option for 2020-21 on Tuesday, Jabari Young of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Walker appeared in just 17 games and shot just 34.8 percent from the field as a rookie, but the Spurs remain bullish on his long-term potential, making it no surprise they decided to keep him in the fold through his third NBA season. While Walker isn't assured a rotation spot entering 2019-20, he should at least have an easier path to gaining playing time after health issues significantly hindered his efforts a year ago.
News: The Spurs exercised White's $3.52 million team option for 2020-21 on Tuesday, Jabari Young of The Athletic reports.
Impact: San Antonio's decision to pick up the final year of White's rookie contract comes as little surprise after he delivered a promising sophomore campaign in 2018-19, averaging 9.9 points, 3.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 25.8 minutes per contest. While White should push closer to a consistent 30-minute role during the upcoming campaign, he's expected to spend more time off the ball with Dejounte' Murray set to reclaim starting duties at point guard after missing all of last season with a torn ACL.
News: Murray is back at full strength heading into training camp, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Charania included a brief note on Murray in a story published Monday, noting that the Spurs have "raved over" the young guard's work ethic while rehabbing a torn ACL. Murray missed all of last season due to the injury, which he suffered during the preseason, but he was medically cleared last month and is expected to step into a more significant role this season as San Antonio's starting point guard. The 23-year-old is yet to prove he's a consistent shooter, but his elite rebounding and defensive pedigree make him an intriguing fantasy breakout candidate. When we last saw the Washington product in 2017-18, he averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 blocks/steals in just 21.5 minutes per game.
News: Ledbetter and the Spurs agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract on Thursday, Nicola Lupo of Sportnado reports.
Impact: Ledbetter has yet to make an NBA appearance, though he's played in summer league each of the past three seasons. He suited up 19 times for the G League's Austin Spurs last year, averaging 13.5 points on 10.4 shots, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 24.0 minutes.
News: White, who took a nasty fall during Team USA's loss to Australia on Friday night, passed his first concussion test, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. That said, White did need four stitches near his left eye.
Impact: Thankfully for the Spurs and White, it appears he's avoided any serious injury. More information on his recovery should emerge in the coming days.
News: Murray has been fully cleared from his ACL injury, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Murray sat out all of last season due to his ACL tear in the preseason. The young guard was poised for a breakout year prior to his injury and will look to come on strong without limitation when the regular season rolls around. At full health he'll expect to be the starting point guard for San Antonio.
News: Murray (knee) continues to make strides as he works back from a torn ACL that kept him out of the entire 2018-19 season, RealGM reports. "Everything is looking good," an unnamed Spurs executive said. "We're confident he'll be back. It was so sad, because he was poised to have a big year. But all that talent is still there. He's a great kid who works really hard."
Impact: Positivity continues to be the refrain when it comes to Murray, who was on the short list of potential breakout players before a torn ACL in the preseason ended his campaign before it could even begin. All indications are that the rangy 22-year-old will be back at full strength for the start of 2019-20. and he's expected to reclaim his spot as the Spurs' starting point guard -- likely playing alongside Derrick White, who emerged as another capable option over the second half of last season.