Though the full NBA regular season schedule isn’t expected to be released until 5 PM CST on Wednesday, ESPN’s Marc Sterin is reporting the San Antonio Spurs, winners of the 2014 NBA Championship, will be receiving their championship rings and new fifth title banner on October 28, against their Texas rival Dallas Mavericks.
Ring Night for the Spurs, sources said, is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 28 at home against the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio’s opponent for seven games in the first round of last spring’s playoffs.
In late July, there was an early rumor indicating the Spurs might open the 2014 -15 season on the road in Cleveland, against LeBron James’ new (former) team. The matchup between the Spurs and Mavericks would be intriguing since Dallas was the one team that pushed San Antonio to a 7-game series in the 2014 playoffs.
The Spurs will be starting the season without Patty Mills on the floor, since he’s currently recovering with an injury, but the team will be bringing back all members of their 2014 title team minus Aron Baynes (though he could still be re-signed). If he played on October 28, Spurs rookie Kyle Anderson would also likely be making his NBA debut that evening as well.
The Mavericks themselves would bring a lot of new pieces into the AT&T Center, as they acquired Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton from the New York Knicks via trade, while they also signed Chandler Parsons, Richard Jefferson, Jameer Nelson, and Al-Farouq Aminu. The Mavericks still have their core pieces in Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.