NBA notebook: Spurs hire Duncan as assistant coach

NBA notebook: Spurs hire Duncan as assistant coach
By Reuters

23/07/2019 at 03:45Updated 23/07/2019 at 03:47

Tim Duncan will return to the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach in 2019-20.

The team made the announcement Monday, also noting that Will Hardy joined head
coach Gregg Popovich's coaching staff. Duncan, 43, played 19 seasons with the
Spurs and won five NBA championships playing for Popovich from 1997-2016.

"It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan's
assistant, that he returns the favor," Popovich joked.

A 15-time All-Star and two-time Most Valuable Player, Duncan is the Spurs'
all-time leader in games (1,392), points (26,496), rebounds (15,091) and
blocked shots (3,020).

--The Washington Wizards are expected to offer All-Star guard Bradley Beal a
three-year, $111 million extension this week, although there are no
indications he will accept immediately, ESPN reported.

Beal, 26, still has two years and $55.8 million remaining on his current
contract. He will be able to receive an extension offer on Friday and then
would have until Oct. 21 to sign it. Beal's agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN
that careful consideration would be given to any extension offer.

Beal scored a career-best 25.6 points per game with 5.5 assists last season.
In seven seasons with the Wizards, the former No. 3 overall selection in the
2012 draft has averaged 19.8 points and 3.7 assists. He was an All-Star in
each of the past two seasons.

--Wizards owner Ted Leonsis made official the leadership structure of
Monumental Basketball, the newly formed umbrella organization for the Wizards,
Washington Mystics of the WNBA, Capital City Go-Go and Wizards District

The group made it official that Tommy Sheppard will serve as general manager
of the Wizards, while announcing that Sashi Brown will be the chief planning
and operations officer for Monumental Basketball, and Daniel Medina will have
the title of chief of athlete care and performance.

Sheppard will lead strategy, analytics, player personnel, scouting and
coaching for the Wizards, the Go-Go of the G-League and District Gaming.
Additionally, the organization hired former Georgetown and Princeton coach
John Thompson III to head the newly formed athlete development and engagement

--Kostas Antetokounmpo was awarded to the Los Angeles Lakers on a waiver

The younger brother of NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo of the
Milwaukee Bucks spent much of last season in the NBA G League. He was waived
by the Dallas Mavericks.

The 21-year-old Antetokounmpo, signed to a two-way contract by Dallas,
appeared in two games last season with the Mavericks and another 40 games (25
starts) with the Texas Legends of the G League. He averaged 10.6 points, 6.2
rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.4 minutes with the Legends.

--Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris became the latest player to
withdraw from the Team USA roster for the upcoming World Cup in China.

Harris, the sixth player to pull out, said he wanted to focus on preparing for
the 2019-20 season, according to published reports. Harris signed a five-year,
$180 million deal with the 76ers earlier this month.

Washington shooting guard Bradley Beal withdrew earlier Monday, citing the
upcoming birth of a son. Previously exiting were Anthony Davis of the Los
Angeles Lakers, James Harden and Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets and CJ
McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers.

--Zion Williamson withdrew from the Team USA Select Team, closing the door on
any chance he had of being promoted to the departure-ravaged main roster.

No reason for Williamson's exit was given by The Athletic, the entity that
first reported the withdrawal. The Athletic cited managing director Jerry
Colangelo as its source.

Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans, was one of 10
"select" up-and-coming players chosen to participate in the Team USA training
camp, which begins Aug. 5 in Las Vegas.

--Field Level Media