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The San Antonio Spurs have expressed interest in signing Mexico star center Gustavo Ayon, ESPN.com has learned. Ayon ranks as one of the top free agents playing at the FIBA World Cup starting Saturday in Spain and, according to league sources, has emerged as a late-summer target for the NBA's reigning champions. ESPN.com
Sources say San Antonio remains determined to re-sign Australian center Aron Baynes -- who will square off against Ayon on Wednesday when the Aussies meet Mexico in Group D play -- but has identified Ayon as both a potential Baynes replacement or a possible addition to the roster even if a new deal with Baynes is worked out. ESPN.com
Manu Ginobili is unable to participate in the FIBA World Cup, which begins tomorrow in Spain. But he had a decent consolation prize to enjoy with a state dedicated in his honor in Buenos Aires. No details are immediately available, but Ginobili posted a picture via his ever-active Twitter account on Friday morning. San Antonio Express-News Blog
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has spoken briefly with former Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who also underwent an osteotomy procedure during his playing career. But Lopez doesn’t think their situations are going to be exactly the same. “Like I said before, I’m not looking for any restrictions,” Lopez told two reporters Friday. “I’m confident I’m gonna be able to go out there and be better than I’ve ever been. So from that standpoint, I think our timetables will be different.” ESPN NY
[Brook] Lopez was speaking at the first-ever Brooklyn Nets Hamptons Basketball Camp; 160 campers were in attendance to shoot some hoops with Lopez and coach Lionel Hollins. Lopez arrived in the Hamptons in style -- on a helicopter. The trip, which began at Chelsea Piers, took exactly 45 minutes. “They told me we’d land at 9:20, and we landed at 9:20,” Lopez said. “Our pilot was on point.” ESPN NY
Australian veteran David Andersen has a master plan for the coming year and it involves a FIBA World Cup medal and a return to the NBA. The 34-year-old centre will enter his fifth major tournament when the Boomers tip-off their World Cup campaign against Slovenia in Spain in the early hours of Sunday morning. After a hiatus in the second half of last year to rest his body, Andersen played the end of the European season with SIG Strasbourg in the French league and is primed to play a key role for the Boomers where he will start at power forward and be a major cog in the team's offence where his shooting and poise will be needed. Sydney Morning Herald
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that the team has waived guard/forward Carlos Delfino and center Miroslav Raduljica. Delfino and Raduljica were acquired by the Clippers on August 26, 2014 in exchange for forward Jared Dudley and a protected 2017 first round draft pick. Inside Hoops
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed free-agent guard Toure’ Murry. Murry (6-5, 195, Wichita State) played his rookie season with the New York Knicks, averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 assists in 7.3 minutes in 51 games during the 2013-14 campaign. He shot 43.4 percent from the field (56-of-129), including 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from beyond the arc. Inside Hoops
The Golden State Warriors have named Patrick Sund and Jonnie West as associate general managers for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. In these roles, Sund and West will co-manage all basketball operations activities for the Warriors D-League team. Additionally, it was announced that Kirk Lacob will relinquish his duties as the D-League team’s GM, a position he held for the last three seasons. Lacob, who is the assistant general manager for the Golden State Warriors and was instrumental in moving the D-League team from Bismarck, ND, to its current home prior to the 2012-13 campaign, will continue to work with Santa Cruz in an advisory role. Inside Hoops
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