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Spurs’ Rudy Gay Says Team Has Chip on Their Shoulder

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San Antonio Spurs veteran forward Rudy Gay says that DeMar DeRozan won’t be the only player on the team that will be playing with a chip on their shoulder or having something to prove this upcoming season.

“That’s the thing about this whole team – everybody has a chip on his shoulder,” Gay said, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

“His is just more publicized. But, look, I’m healthy (and have something to prove), LaMarcus (Aldridge) always finds some way to have a chip on his shoulder. Jakob (Poeltl) wants to prove he can be a great player. DJ (Dejounte Murray) has a chip on his shoulder because he wants to be known as one of the best at his position.”

DeRozan may have the biggest chip of any player on the team when considering he was blindsided by his trade from the Toronto Raptors earlier this offseason, a move that left the veteran feeling betrayed.

San Antonio could surprise some people this season, as they aren’t discussed among the teams that are Western Conference playoff caliber teams, and that omission could fuel the fire for the team this upcoming season.

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76ers’ James Ennis Opting Out of Contract

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Philadelphia 76ers swingman James Ennis is turning down his player option for the 2019-2020 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ennis, 28, will hit the free agent market on July 1st after posting 7.9 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season.

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Nuggets’ President Tim Connelly Remaining with Franchise

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Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly will remain with the Nuggets following an interview with the Washington Wizards, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Connelly met with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis on Friday to talk about the President gig with the team following the dismissal of longtime president Ernie Grunfeld, who had a 16 year tenure with the cluib.

Leonsis apparently made a strong offer to Connelly, but the Nuggets convinced him to stay.

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Timberwolves Sign Ryan Saunders to Multiyear Contract

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure that their new head coach is sticking around for a long time.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Wolves have agreed to a multi-year contract with Ryan Saunders to stay in his newly minted head coaching role for the long-term.

Saunders took over in Minnesota after Tom Thibodeau was fired, becoming the youngest head coach in the league at age 32, posting a 17-25 record following his taking over.

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