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Spurs Click-&-Scroll: Love wants to be a Spur, Warriors backing off Engelland & is Diaw’s new deal set?

With the NBA offseason in swing, news has started appearing from media outlets with two different stories with links to the San Antonio Spurs.

Love wants to be a Spur?

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who is at the core of trade talks, was in the Philippines at an event. When asked how long it would take before winning his first NBA Championship, Love joked that joining the Spurs would be the quickest way for him to do that (via Rappler.com).

“If there’s a way I can jump on that Spurs roster then I can get on that road to the NBA championship. Hopefully it becomes soon, I’m 25 now, maybe when I’m 26.”

Love declined to speak of actual trade talks, and if you’re a Spurs fan, don’t get your hopes up. Unless Love somehow hits free agency unrestricted after next season, then San Antonio could possibly have some cap room to sign him.

However, the expectation is Love will likely be traded this offseason or during next season, and whoever trades for him, is expecting him to re-sign with them. The Spurs currently don’t have enough assets for a Love trade, and as Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said two days after winning the Championship, the Spurs’ expectation is to bring back their same core group of players.

Warriors backing off Engelland?

During the NBA Finals, a report came out that new Golden State Warriors head Coach Steve Kerr was looking at the idea of prying Spurs assistant coach Chip Engelland from the Spurs’ bench, and bringing him to the Warriors. The initial report indicated that Engelland and Kerr have had a prior relationship before Engelland joined the Spurs.

Now according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, even though the Warriors successfully got Los Angeles Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry to leave L.A. for the Warriors, it’s unlikely the Warriors have the same luck with Engelland and the Spurs.

Diaw’s new deal

According to the NY Daily News, Boris Diaw will command quite a nice pay raise after helping the Spurs title No. 5.

Coming off a banner Finals, Boris Diaw will be looking to get a new two-year deal from the Spurs for about $18 million-$20 million.

Sounds about right since he completely threw off Miami’s defense. Without, it would have been much more difficult for the Spurs to win in five games. Also, the team will need him if they want any shot at repeating as champs next season.

Paul Garcia

About Paul Garcia

Paul is a San Antonio Spurs credentialed media member for Project Spurs. He covered the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, TX, and the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals. Paul has been featured on WOAI, Fox 29, and numerous nationwide radio shows.

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