Spurs forward Keldon Johnson injures shoulder

San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson suffered a right shoulder posterior dislocation during Spurs open gym.

While he will miss the start of preseason, the team expects that Johnson will be available for the start of the 2022-23 regular season.

Per the San Antonio Express-News, “the 22-year-old forward averaged 17 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assist last season, while shooting 39.8 percent from 3-point range. All of those were career highs.”

San Antonio Spurs announce basketball operations staff additions and promotions

The San Antonio Spurs today announced multiple additions and promotions within the team’s coaching and basketball operations staff.

In the Spurs front office, the team has promoted Dave Telep to Vice President of Basketball Operations and David Kaplan to Manager of Basketball Analytics.

San Antonio’s coaching staff has added Candice Dupree in Player Development. The team has also promoted Willis Hall and Greg Stiemsma in Player Development, Josh Brannon to Head Video Coordinator, and Kenny Trevino as Assistant Video Coordinator.

In the Spurs medical and performance group, the team has added Carlos Sosa Marin as Athletic Performance Coach. San Antonio has also promoted Chastity Chov to Assistant Athletic Trainer and Ryan Curtis to Performance Coach.

Brannon is named the Spurs Head Video Coordinator after serving last season as San Antonio’s Assistant Video Coordinator. He also spent two seasons as a Quality Assurance Assistant in the video department from 2019-21. Brannon coached at Shawnee Mission East High School from 2016-18. The Houston native played at Southwestern Community College and Panola Junior College before spending his final three seasons at Rockhurst University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business communication in 2016. Brannon also worked in basketball camps for the Spurs Sports Academy since 2010, serving as a Camp Director from 2016 until he joined the coaching staff in 2019.

Chov becomes the Spurs Assistant Athletic Trainer after spending last season as San Antonio’s Medical Assistant II. Joining the organization in 2020, she spent the 2020-21 season as the Austin Spurs Assistant Athletic Trainer. Prior to the Silver and Black, Chov served as the University of Nevada’s Associate Director of Sports Medicine in 2019-20, working with the men’s basketball team. Chov earned a master’s degree from Michigan State in 2019 while working with the Spartans football and men’s basketball teams and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017.

Curtis enters his fourth season with the Spurs after spending two years as Athletic Performance Data Manager for the Spurs from 2019-21. He was previously the Director of Athlete Performance and Safety at the Korey Stringer Institute (University of Connecticut) after working as a strength coach and athletic trainer for the US Marine Corps, US Tennis Association and privately for professional tennis players on the ATP/WTA World Tour. Curtis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Culver-Stockton College in 2006, finished a master’s degree in kinesiology from Kansas State in 2009 and earned a PhD in exercise science from UConn in 2019.

Dupree joins the Spurs after playing 16 years in the WNBA, where she currently stands fifth in league history in career points scored (6,895). A seven-time WNBA All-Star and 2014 Champion with the Phoenix Mercury, Dupree also suited up for Chicago, Indiana, Seattle and Atlanta in her run that currently ranks her third all-time in made field goals, fifth in games played, as well as seventh in total rebounds. After playing four years for Dawn Staley at Temple from 2002-06, she was selected by the Sky with the sixth overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft. The Tampa, Florida native has also played professionally in Poland, Slovakia, Russia, China, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Dupree was part of the coaching staff for the Spurs at the 2022 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Hall spent last season as San Antonio’s Player Development Assistant. Previously with the Spurs for three seasons as Video Coordinator from 2018-21, he enters his seventh season in San Antonio after starting with the team as a Quality Assurance Assistant in the video department in 2016. Prior to joining the Silver and Black, Hall played professionally for two seasons in Portugal and Luxembourg. The Charlotte native played four seasons at the College of Charleston, appearing in 137 games in his career from 2009-14.

Kaplan becomes the Spurs Manager of Basketball Analytics after spending the past four seasons as San Antonio’s Senior Data Scientist. Prior to joining the Silver and Black, Kaplan spent three seasons from 2015-18 with the Charlotte Hornets as Manger of Basketball Analytics and Quantitative Analyst after spending the 2014-15 season with the Portland Trail Blazers as Statistical Programmer. Kaplan graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Chemistry in 2013.

Sosa Marin joins the Spurs from Real Madrid Baloncesto in Spain, where he has spent the last eight years as the strength and conditioning coach and re-conditioning specialist for the EuroLeague team. He also spent time as an associated professor in Health and Medicine at the Universidad Europea de Madrid from 2014-22, teaching Sport Physiotherapy. Prior to Real Madrid, the Spanish native was the Head of Strength and Conditioning, as well as the Head of Physical Therapy, for 15 years from 1999-2014 for Club Estudiantes, where he also coached the organization’s youth teams. Sosa Martin holds a PhD in Sports Science from Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Stiemsma spent last season in the Spurs video room after spending two seasons as a Player Development Associate with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2019-21. He played four seasons in the NBA with Boston, Minnesota, New Orleans and Toronto. Following four years at the University of Wisconsin from 2004-08, Stiemsma played overseas in Turkey and Korea before suiting up for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and winning NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Making his NBA debut with the Celtics in 2011, he also participated in training camp with Portland and Orlando. Stiemsma was on the coaching staff for the Spurs Summer League team in 2022.

Telep is entering his 10th season with the Spurs. San Antonio’s Director of Player Personnel from 2019-22, Telep previously served as the team’s Director of Scouting from 2016-19 after starting with the Spurs in 2013 as the team’s Scouting Coordinator. Prior to joining the Silver and Black, he served as ESPN.com’s senior national recruiting analyst. He also spent time as a sideline reporter for ESPNU and as a studio analyst for Recruiting Nation. Telep has also served on the USA Developmental National Committee for the USA National Team.

Trevino spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Austin Spurs after serving as a coaching assistant with Austin in 2019-20. First joining the Spurs organization as a ball boy for San Antonio in 2012, Trevino later became an assistant equipment manager for the team in the 2016-17 season. He worked in San Antonio’s video room from 2016-19 before joining Austin’s coaching staff. The Laredo, Texas, native graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2016.

San Antonio Spurs sign Tommy Kuhse

The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard Tommy Kuhse.

Kuhse, 6-2/185, recently completed his collegiate career at St. Mary’s, where he spent five seasons. In his final year with the Gaels, Kuhse earned All-WCC First Team honors and was named the WCC Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 12.2 points, 3.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game while shooting 49.4% from the floor and 45.0% from three-point range. A native of Mesa, Arizona, Kuhse is the Gaels all-time leader in games played, ranks fifth all time in assists (477) and ninth in steals (118). In 149 career games, Kuhse averaged 7.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game.

Playing with the Orlando Magic at the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League, in three games Kuhse averaged 17.3 points, 3.3 assists, 3.00 steals and 2.0 rebounds in 23.2 minutes.

San Antonio Spurs sign Alize Johnson

The San Antonio Spurs have signed forward Alize Johnson.

Johnson, 6-7/210, appeared in 23 games with Chicago, Washington and New Orleans last year, averaging 1.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 7.3 minutes. The 26-year-old also played two seasons with the Indiana Pacers before stints with the Nets, Bulls, Wizards, and Pelicans. He holds career averages 2.5 points, 3.0 rebounds in 7.5 minutes across 72 games.

Originally drafted by Indiana with the 50th overall selection in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft, Johnson has spent time in the G League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Raptors 905, averaging 18.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.14 steals in 35.6 minutes in 65 games. Prior to the NBA, the forward played two seasons at Missouri State University, where he averaged 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds and was named to the All-MVC First Team, after beginning his college career at NJCAA institution Frank Phillips College.

Spurs re-sign Joe Wieskamp

The San Antonio Spurs have re-signed guard Joe Wieskamp.

Wieskamp’s Spurs contract is reportedly a two-year, $4.4 million deal.

Wieskamp played in 30 games for the Spurs last year in his rookie season, averaging 2.0 points in 6.8 minutes with San Antonio. As a two-way player, Wieskamp also appeared in 28 games for the Austin Spurs, where he averaged 15.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.11 steals in 32.4 minutes in the NBA G League.

Originally drafted by San Antonio with the 41st overall selection in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft, Wieskamp played three years at the University of Iowa. He was named Second Team All-Big 10 and was one of five finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award in his junior season in 2020-21. Prior to joining the Hawkeyes, he graduated as the state of Iowa’s all-time high school leading scorer.

Spurs and Heat will play a December, 2022 NBA regular season game in Mexico City

The NBA and Zignia today announced that the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and the three-time NBA champion Miami Heat will play a regular-season game at the Arena CDMX in Mexico City on Saturday, December 17, marking the first NBA Mexico City Game since 2019 and the league’s 31st game in Mexico overall, more than any country outside the U.S. and Canada.

The Spurs are led by five-time NBA champion head coach Gregg Popovich, who during the 2021-22 season became the winningest coach in NBA history, and currently feature 2020 Olympic gold medalist Keldon Johnson, 2022 No. 9 overall pick Jeremy Sochan, and 2021 No. 12 overall pick Joshua Primo.

The Heat are coached by Erik Spoelstra, who has led the franchise to two NBA championships, and currently feature six-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, 2020 NBA All-Star and three-time All-Defensive Second Team member Bam Adebayo, and 2021-22 Kia Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro.

The NBA Mexico City Game 2022 will air live in Mexico on ESPN, TUDN and NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service. The game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories around the world on television, digital media and social media.

The Spurs made their debut in Mexico in October 1994 with two preseason games at the Palacio de los Deportes. Overall, the Spurs have played six games in Mexico, most recently a 121-119 overtime win against the Phoenix Suns as part of The NBA Mexico City Games 2019. The matchup will mark the Heat’s second game in Mexico, after defeating the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 as part of The NBA Mexico City Games 2017.

The NBA Mexico City Game 2022 will also mark the 30th anniversary of the league’s first game in the country, which featured the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks playing a preseason game at Mexico’s Palacio de los Deportes in October 1992. Overall, 22 NBA teams have played preseason and regular-season games in Mexico.

San Antonio Spurs sign Jordan Hall to a two-way contract

The San Antonio Spurs have signed rookie forward Jordan Hall to a two-way contract.

Hall, 6-8/220, wrapped his sophomore campaign at Saint Joseph’s averaging 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists in 50 career games (47 starts). In 2021-22, he led the Hawks with 14.1 points, 5.8 assists and 1.23 steals and ranked fifth nationally in assists per game on his way to All-Big 5 First Team.

A native of Wildwood, New Jersey, Hall became the fifth player in program history to record a triple-double when he posted 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists on 2/20/21 vs. La Salle. The former Hawk also registered 113 total assists during his freshman year to lead the Atlantic 10 Conference and was named 2020-21 Big 5 Co-Rookie of the Year, All-Big 5 Second Team and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.

Suiting up for the Spurs Summer League team, he averaged 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists over five games in Las Vegas

Hall will wear No. 30 for the Spurs.

Heat and Spurs will reportedly play a 2022-23 regular season game in Mexico City

Via the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

There will be a south-of-the-border element for the Miami Heat when the NBA schedule is released in coming days.

The Heat, under current NBA plans, are scheduled for a Dec. 17 game in Mexico City, one that will count against the San Antonio Spurs’ home schedule.

It will be the Heat’s first regular-season game outside of the United States or Canada since defeating the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Dec. 9, 2017 in front of a listed 19,777 in Mexico City.

The game at Mexico City Arena is part of the Spurs’ expansion beyond their AT&T Center home.

San Antonio Spurs sign Dominick Barlow to two-way contract

The San Antonio Spurs have signed forward Dominick Barlow to a two-way contract.

Barlow, 6-10/220, spent the 2021-22 season playing in the Overtime Elite League with Team Overtime, averaging 14.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.08 steals over 25.2 minutes per game. Originally from Dumont, New Jersey, Barlow logged 371 total points after scoring double figures in 22 of 25 games, including a season-high 27 points (5-6 3PT) against DME Academy, ranking him third in the league. In OTE’s inaugural season, the forward shot 53.0% from the field, 33.9% from three and 76.4% from the foul line.

During his senior year at Dumont High school, he was named the 2020-21 North Jersey Boys Basketball Player of the Year, averaging 27.6 points, 17.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.6 blocks.

Currently playing for the Spurs Summer League team, Barlow is averaging 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23.1 minutes over two games in the NBA 2K23 Summer League.

Barlow will wear No. 26 for the Spurs.

Spurs add Isaiah Roby off waivers

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have claimed forward Isaiah Roby off waivers from Oklahoma City.

Roby, 6-8/230, most recently appeared in 45 games with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2021-22, averaging 10.1 points, along with 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 21.1 minutes while shooting 51.4% from the field, 44.4% from three and 67.2% from the foul line. In three seasons with the Thunder, the forward appeared in 109 games, averaging 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 21.9 minutes.

Roby was originally selected by Detroit with the 45th overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft before being traded to Dallas.