Spurs fans everywhere are awaiting basketball season more than ever. Why? Well, the Spurs have been in a lot of trade rumor talks lately, and there is more room to bring in another star player. Who can we expect to see this next season? Dwyane Wade? Kyrie Irving? Only time will tell, but we can look at the facts and make our own predictions for now.
This has got to be the biggest rumor at the moment! We already know Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers. But now, the Cavs are planning on LeBron James leaving next summer, so they are hoping to get a younger star to replace Irving. Rumors say the Cavs are keyed in on Kristaps Porzingis for a potential deal with the Knicks.
The Cavs aren’t the only ones who have their eyes set somewhere. We already know San Antonio was one of Irving’s top picks, but more news just circulated. Irving is willing to sign an extension with the Spurs if he is traded to San Antonio.
League sources have said the Spurs have a strong interest in Irving, and now things could be looking up if Irving is willing to commit. Although this is good news for the Spurs, the Cavs want young talent on their side – which could be a problem that San Antonio may not be able to provide. There’s not one team who can expect to get their hands on Kawhi Leonard anytime soon – and maybe ever. Besides Leonard, the Spurs may not have anyone young and talented enough to be traded.
ESPN reported Dwayne Wade could be looking for a buyout with the Chicago Bulls as soon as a few months from now. Many people are already expecting the Bulls to tank next season. Wade has a buyout of $23.8 million, so he may only need a limited salary, especially if he wants to play for a big contending team.
If the Spurs can sign Wade, he will definitely be in the starting lineup playing next to Kawhi Leonard. Plus, the Spurs will need another star player if they plan to defeat the Warriors. Even though the Spurs have Rudy Gay, he and Leonard aren’t enough.
With Tony Parker out with his injury, Wade could be a sharp point guard. He already proved his ability to play point guard when he played with Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James. Plus, if Dwayne Wade is given the opportunity to work with Coach Pop, that could be a one-and-done deal.
Tony Parker’s Return
It was a depressing end of the season without Tony Parker on the court. During Game 2 against the Houston Rockets, he ruptured the tendon in his quadricep and had to undergo surgery. The good news is Parker’s recovery is going well and we should expect to see him back out there this season. Parker believes it will take 4 to 5 months. He is slowly starting to become more active with physical therapy. He’s running a little bit more and walking a lot better.
Rumors have it that former Spurs guard Stephen Jackson is trying to get back in the NBA. Jackson, who is 39-years-old, helped the Spurs score a championship back in 2003 with 23 points. He left the NBA in 2014, but he has been playing in Ice Cube’s Big3 League and continues to remain hopeful.
“I’ve been working to go back to the NBA, so this (league) is a blessing for me,” Jackson said. “I want to play basketball as long as I can. I feel like there are guys in the NBA who can’t guard me.”
Jackson’s beard is already turning gray, but he also made 9 out of 17 shots during his last game in the Big3. One of his teammates, former Detroit Pistons star Chauncey Billups thinks he is the most dominant player in their league and says no one can guard him.
Jackson believes he is in much better shape now than when he was in the NBA. According to him, he never worked out when he was in the big leagues, and he’s been working his butt off in and out of the gym.
Jackson has a lot of great respect for the Spurs and owes his accomplishments to the franchise. However, last year, he criticized Gregg Popovich. Apparently, Coach Pop told him to tell Manu Ginobili and Danny Green that they were playing better than he was – you know, to build their confidence and play better. Jackson says that was the most disrespectful thing he has ever heard from a coach.
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