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Latest Ben Simmons trade rumors; Portland owner wants Hammon; Austin billionaire joins Spurs investor group

SAN ANTONIO – It’s been a busy week for the Spurs. They have surfaced as doable trade companions for Ben Simmons, Becky Hammon could also be headed to the Pacific Northwest and there was a shakeup within the structure of the franchise’s investor group. Welcome to this week’s Spurs publication.

Ben Simmons trade discuss

There’s little doubt Simmons is a little bit of damaged participant proper now. His struggles appear to be in his head greater than something. It occurs to pro-athletes, nevertheless it’s onerous to miss the very fact he’s nonetheless one of the full gamers within the sport. His protection and play-making expertise are elite. The Spurs can be clever to a minimum of give the Sixers a name to see the place his worth is for the time being.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe said on his podcast Tuesday that whereas the Spurs by no means appear to be within the combine on this stuff, “San Antonio is just tailormade for a bunch of stuff for one guy, to throw some things at the wall.”


“It would require them thinking, we have a bunch of pretty good young guys, but we don’t think they are going to add up to a great team even when they all reach 23, 24, 25 years old. Let’s just take a shot,” Lowe mentioned. “The Spurs have Chip Engelland, if there is one guy who can fix Ben Simmons, they have him.” The oddsmakers additionally place the Spurs because the third favorite to amass the All-NBA level guard who stands 6′11″.

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What would a Spurs deal appear to be for Simmons? He’s set to make $33 million subsequent season so the numbers must match. One risk is a sign-and-trade with DeMar DeRozan, who is predicted to get a brand new deal within the $27-29 million vary. Bleacher Report has a possible deal that might ship Dejounte Murray, Devin Vassell and this year’s No. 12 draft choose to Philly. I’d assume San Antonio must get one other staff concerned to make the money work.


The Spurs might additionally simply stand pat and play the free agent market. They have cap area for the primary time in years and have choices. They nonetheless want exterior capturing and whereas Simmons undoubtedly doesn’t match that want, if there was ever a time to purchase low on an elite participant, this might be it.

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Becky watch

There’s been some fascinating developments on the Becky Hammon entrance up to now few days. Hammon is now a finalist for the Portland head teaching position and was set for one more spherical of interviews this week for the Trail Blazers job. It’s the primary time ever a feminine coach has reached this stage of interviews within the NBA.

But there is likely to be an inner debate happening in Portland over who’s going to be the following head coach. NBA insider Marc Stein reported that Blazers owner Jody Allen has a “strong interest” in hiring the Spurs assistant coach whereas the staff’s basic supervisor seems to be leaning towards hiring LA Clippers assistant coach Chauncey Billups. Hammon additionally reportedly interviewed with Orlando, so whereas the Portland job might not pan out, she’s clearly getting nearer to creating historical past.


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Investor shakeup

The Spurs introduced some key adjustments to the structure of the franchise’s investor group on Friday. The largest information to come back out of the announcement was that Peter J. Holt was formally elevated to managing companion and two deep-pocketed traders have been added as strategic companions.

Austin billionaire Michael Dell, of Dell Technologies, is now an element owner of the franchise, together with Sixth Street, a number one international funding agency. The two purchased out a number of minority homeowners and personal a combined 30 percent of the team. The Spurs mentioned the Holt household stays the biggest shareholder.


The strikes naturally raised eyebrows about the way forward for the franchise. I don’t imagine it’s as a lot a question of relocation, however probably a question of what occurs when the subject of a brand new area enters the fold. Does a brand new stadium transfer additional up Interstate 35? Holt’s promotion to managing companion means he has full authority and a closing say over the franchise. He mentioned in a video Friday that the Spurs are dedicated to staying in San Antonio longterm.

The most fascinating Spur on this planet, or former Spurs participant, is Manu Ginobili. What has Manu been as much as? The outdated No. 20 is out Fiesta-ing the one means he can…biking some insane quantity of miles! Manu posted a pic Saturday on Twitter with a caption that said it was “the most tired I’ve ever been. More info soon.” It seems Manu took half within the Fiesta Wildflower Ride which ranged from 20 to 60 miles. Ginobili additionally bought to additionally rep the No. 20 once more. MANU. FOREVER.


(Manu Ginobili cycles throughout Fiesta. Pic through Ginobili’s Twitter account.)

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