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For now, there's no scenario where [Kawhi] Leonard plans to pursue offer sheets on the market, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Leonard wants to be a Spur, and the Spurs are expected to come calling on July 1 with the max offer that they resisted delivering Leonard in the preseason, a move born out of preserving cap space to bring on a star free agent this summer. Yahoo Sports
The Spurs can't be sure how they'll proceed on July 1 until they know Duncan's and Ginobili's plans. Whatever they decide, the possibility of pursuing Aldridge on the recruiting trail could offer the Spurs the chance to do the only thing that they've never done in the NBA: Lure an All-Star free agent in his prime, beat New York and Los Angeles somewhere besides the basketball court. Yahoo Sports
Small forward Chandler Parsons missed his second straight game Friday and already knows heíll have right knee surgery sometimes in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, point guard Raymond Felton, who made his fourth start of the season Friday, pulled his hamstring in Game 3 and was limited. And Richard Jefferson, who started in place of Parsons, sustained a calf injury Friday. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
And thatís not taking into consideration the mysterious plight of point guard Rajon Rondo, whose unforgettable performance in Game 2 of this series hamstrung the Mavs to the point where he is no longer with the organization. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Pierce could have and probably should have been a member of the Clippers this offseason, but Rivers instead gave the team's full mid-level exception to Spencer Hawes, signing the center to a four-year deal worth $23 million. Hawes is currently buried at the end of the bench and scored his first two points of the postseason when Rivers played him in the final minutes of Friday's blowout loss. ESPN LA
There were many reasons why the San Antonio Spurs blew out the Clippers 100-73 on Friday to take a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 in San Antonio on Sunday. The Clippers' lack of depth may not be the one that grabs the headlines, but it's why the Clippers' postseason was always destined to fall short of expectations -- whether it was in the first round against the Spurs or later. It was an inevitability set in motion a long time ago by a series of errors made by Rivers, the general manager, which put Rivers, the coach, in a hopeless position. ESPN LA
On the same night when the Clippers set franchise playoff records for fewest points (73), lowest field percentage (34.1) and fewest points in a quarter (11 in the third) Paul Pierce was leading the Washington Wizards to a 3-0 series lead by scoring 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. ESPN LA
Bruce Jenner wasn't the only one whose marriage to a Kardashian was a lie. Yet NBA veteran Kris Humphries had no problem taking what appears to be a shot at his ex father-in-law in a tweet that drew an immediate backlash on social media. "Man, I'm glad I got out when I did. #Gottadoyou" Humphries tweeted early Saturday morning. NY Daily News
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