SN Staff With the NBA season tipping off soon, we're taking a deep dive into every team. Here are our top three storylines for the 2017-18 San Antonio Spurs, along with an invitation for you to weigh in on how each will play out: The Spurs will open the season at home Oct. 18 vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN). --Paul Saldaña
Georges-Hunt has officially made the Timberwolves' final roster. It was reported last week that Georges-Hunt was a favorite to earn one of the final spots on the roster, which has now been confirmed with the release of the team's opening-night roster. Georges-Hunt will mostly just serve as emergency depth on the wing as a three-and-D type of player, which means he won't be a candidate to select in the majority of fantasy drafts.
The Warriors' backup small forward spot is somewhat in flux entering Tuesday's season opener against Houston. Small forwards Andre Iguodala (strained back) and Omri Casspi (sprained ankle) are questionable, while point guard Shaun Livingston (illness) is listed as probable. All three fully participated in practice Monday. On the "active" list Golden State submitted Monday afternoon to the NBA, Casspi and Iguodala are listed as inactive. The official opening night list isn't due until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, however, and it's quite possible that changes will be made. Update, 5:04 p.m.: Casspi has been upgraded to probable, while Iguodala is still questionable.
Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. Follow on Twitter SHANGHAI -- As Jimmy Butler looks around his current surroundings, even he can't believe what he is seeing. The Texas native is standing on a basketball court over 7,500 miles from his childhood home, in a foreign country halfway around the globe. The 28-year-old is in Shanghai as part of the NBA's Global Games as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but on this night he is representing the brand of the player he grew up