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2013 NBA Finals: Game 1 Micro-Movie

Take a special all-access look at Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals as the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat to take a 1-0 series lead.

 

 

Duncan Agrees to Three-Year Deal with Spurs

Tim Duncan, who declared himself “a Spur for life” in March, reportedly has followed through on his intentions to remain in San Antonio.

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

The 36-year-old franchise cornerstone has agreed to a three-year contract to return to the Spurs, Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday. The website reported the contract is expected to be worth approximately $36 million, or in the same range of the deal that Kevin Garnett agreed to with the Boston Celtics last week.

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San Antonio Spurs Interested in Kevin Garnett

The Spurs may consider signing Kevin Garnett this summer, according to a person within the organization.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Garnett will be an unrestricted free agent, as will Tim Duncan.

“Hopefully management can do something to bring [Garnett] back, maybe add some pieces to this team that we need to get over the top,” Paul Pierce told reporters after Boston was eliminated by the Heat on Saturday night. “If not, it’s been a tremendous run.”

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Popovich Continues to Mentor Mike Brown

Mike Brown continues to seek advice from Gregg Popovich. Brown served as an assistant coach under Popovich with the Spurs from 2000 until 2003.

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich

“Times get tough at certain times for me,” Brown said. “He’s probably the guy that I reach out to more than anybody else, and he knows me well enough to where if I haven’t reached out to him, I’ll see I got a phone call from him or a text from him. He’s been great for me — and not just for me, but for my entire family.”

Popovich is eager to assist Brown as long as it is not directly related to the matchup between the Lakers and Spurs.

“He still helps me out,” Brown said. “He’s just a real human being. He knows people very well, and that’s probably his strongest strength. He’s a terrific, terrific people manager. He helps me in a lot of ways, not only on the floor but off the floor in my personal life.”

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K-Mart to Sign with NBA Team Next Week

The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks are pursuing free-agent forward Kenyon Martin, according to league sources.

Jack Nicholson, Kenyon Martin

Jack Nicholson, Kenyon Martin

Martin has spoken with executives from each of the clubs and is hoping to make his decision next week.

Martin signed a $2.6 million deal with Xinjiang during the lockout, but left the team in late December in hopes of returning to the NBA.

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Manu Ginobili Suffers Broken Left Hand

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili

Spurs scoring leader Manu Ginobili on Monday suffered a broken bone in his left hand with 2:38 remaining in the Spurs’ game against the Timberwolves at Target Center here.

Ginobili, who is left-handed, appeared to suffer the injury reaching in an attempt to strip the ball from Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver as Tolliver went up for a shot near the 3-point line.

Spurs officials reported the injury was a fractured fifth metacarpal.

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Report: Spurs Will Waive Richard Jefferson

Richard Jefferson

Richard Jefferson

The San Antonio Spurs will use the amnesty clause on Richard Jefferson once the collective bargaining agreement is ratified, allowing the team to remove the three years and $30.5 million left on Jefferson’s contract from the team’s payroll for salary-cap and tax purposes.

The Spurs are aggressively looking for a small forward, with Caron Butler and Josh Howard high on their wish list.

Jefferson, 31, averaged 11 points and 3.8 rebounds last season.

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Josh Howard Wanted by Wizards, Bulls, Spurs

Josh Howard has received interest from ‘five to six’ playoff contenders.

Josh Howard

Josh Howard

Another source close to Howard confirmed that Boston, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, San Antonio, Denver, New Orleans and New Jersey have all made obligatory calls, with the Wizards, Bulls and Spurs engaging in more frequent conversations.

The Celtics, Bulls and Heat tried to sign Howard last summer before he re-signed with Washington.

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Tim Duncan Done in San Antonio?

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

What is the worst-case scenario for Spurs fans as it relates to Tim Duncan?

The NBA lockout devours the entire 2011-12 season, and then Duncan retires. Duncan’s contact is set to expire after this season. If the NBA labor impasse winds up cancelling the entire schedule, would the Spurs’ franchise icon simply retire instead of re-upping for another season in 2012-13, when he will be 36?

In May, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dismissed the notion that Duncan had played his final game in a Spurs uniform. Speaking at a basketball clinic Saturday afternoon in San Antonio, Tony Parker — Duncan’s point guard for the past 10 seasons — echoed those doubts. … “I see myself playing at least two or three more seasons with Timmy.”

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DeJuan Blair to Sign with Russian Team?

DeJuan Blair

DeJuan Blair

DeJuan Blair is in serious talks to play in Russia during the NBA lockout, according to sources.

Blair would be eligible to return to the NBA when a deal is reached.

A deal can be agreed upon within the week.

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