Spurs GM jokes about trading Duncan to Sixers

Spurs GM jokes about trading Duncan to Sixers

Examining the Sixers' draft

June 27, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Tim Duncan has won five championships in his 18 seasons with the Spurs. (USA Today Images)

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs general manager R.C. Buford attempted to trade up in the NBA draft to acquire Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker.

It's just that no one wanted Tim Duncan in a trade.

The tongue-in-cheek revelation was made by Buford late Thursday after he was asked if anyone other than UCLA forward Kyle Anderson was their top choice. The Spurs selected the 6-foot-9 forward with its first-round pick, No. 30 overall.

"Yeah, Wiggins and Parker were No. 1 on our board," Buford said.

So, the Spurs attempted to trade up?

"Yea, but just didn't figure out a way to get it done," Buford said.

Cleveland took Wiggins, the Kansas star, with the first overall pick. Milwaukee used the next pick on Parker, the standout at Duke.

So, neither team wanted Duncan?

"Exactly," Buford said, laughing. "No matter how badly he wants to play for (Philadelphia coach and former Spurs assistant) Brett Brown, we just couldn't make it work. If Philly could have gotten one, we would have traded him to Brett."

Duncan, who has exercised his $10.4 million player option to return for a 19th season, has led San Antonio to five NBA championships since being drafted first overall in 1997.

Grizzlies extend Randolph
Memphis forward Zach Randolph has agreed to a contract extension with the Grizzlies, his agent said Friday.

Raymond Brothers confirmed to The Associated Press in a text message a Yahoo Sports report that Randolph is exercising his $16.5 million option for the 2014-15 season and has agreed on a two-year extension worth $20 million.

Since coming to Memphis in 2009, Randolph has been a cornerstone of the Grizzlies franchise. His return indicates the Grizzlies will bring back the nucleus of a team that won 50 games this season and lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Randolph averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds this season to lead the Grizzlies in both categories, though he was suspended for the final game of the Oklahoma City series after punching Thunder center Steven Adams in the jaw.

He owns career averages of 17.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 13 NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Grizzlies. After bouncing around a few organizations early in his career, Randolph has found a home in Memphis while helping the Grizzlies make four consecutive playoff appearances.

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