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    • The San Antonio Spurs will get the first crack at free-agent-to-be Andre Iguodala just after midnight ET Friday when the NBA’s free-agency period opens, league sources said.

      The meeting will take place in Los Angeles, sources said. Teams can begin talking to free agents at 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday, but no deals can be officially signed until July 7.

      The Spurs feel as if they have a legitimate shot at luring the Golden State Warriors’ prized sixth man away from the Bay Area, sources said. Iguodala is open to relocating under the right parameters, sources said.

      Iguodala will also meet with the Sacramento Kings, sources said. The Kings are trying to bring in solid veterans to play with their stable of young talent.

      Iguodala doesn’t yet have plans to meet with the Warriors, sources earlier said.

      The 33-year-old Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, has been a terrific two-way player since being acquired by the Warriors via trade in 2013.

      Despite just one start over the past three regular seasons, he has posted averages of 7.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 26.6 minutes per game. The 6-foot-6 swingman was a finalist in 2016-17 for NBA Sixth Man of the Year, finishing second behind Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets.

      Iguodala holds career averages of 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game since breaking into the league as the ninth overall pick of the 76ers in the 2004 draft.

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    • SAN ANTONIO — The great rest debate skidded to a denouement in San Antonio on Saturday, with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich saying “nobody’s going to rest” in the final two games of the regular season on the heels of a 98-87 loss to the LA Clippers.

      The brief change seems to run counter to San Antonio’s normal philosophy, as it has rested six players this season for a total of 23 games.

      “Our execution at both games, defensively and offensively, was very poor,” Popovich said. “Nobody’s going to rest. Everybody’s going to play. We already rested everybody, and we have days in between now. It’s like the playoffs, kind of. There’s no back-to-backs. There’s no bad travel or anything like that, so it’s time for rhythm and that sort of thing. Hopefully we’ll play better next week.”

      Fighting for home-court advantage in a first-round Western Conference series against the Utah Jazz, the Clippers reeled off their fifth consecutive win with an aggressive and physical brand of ball the Spurs couldn’t match, according to Popovich.

      “They were more aggressive than we were,” Popovich said. “They wanted the game more. We were aggressive, got into them and showed the physicality and communication necessary to win against a good team for about six minutes of the third quarter, and that was that. We didn’t have enough physical toughness to compete with them.”

      Popovich wants to keep the Spurs active and get in a rhythm during the final two games against teams still fighting for playoff seeding. San Antonio faces the Portland Trail Blazers, who are fighting for the eighth seed, on the road Monday before closing out the season Wednesday in Utah against the Jazz, who are tied with the Clippers for the home-court edge in a first-round series between the two.

      With San Antonio firmly entrenched as the 2-seed, it will face a physical seventh-seeded Memphis Grizzlies squad in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Spurs swept a Grizzlies club riddled by injury 4-0 last season, but this season, the teams tied the regular-season series 2-2.

      Clippers coach Doc Rivers joked that even though Memphis is “trying to shoot more 3s and spread the floor more,” it is still “the wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

      “At the end of the day, they are trying to punch you in the mouth and beat you up,” Rivers said. “You’d better remember who they are.”

      That’s certainly what the Spurs plan to do as they prepare to close the season and embark on what they expect to be a physical first-round matchup.

      “It’s toward the end of the season, we’re getting ready for the playoffs, so guys have got to turn up the toughness, the physicality out there,” said LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored 18 points and took just five shots in the second half. “I think we didn’t bring it tonight, and they did. No excuses. They came in here, and they wanted to fight for home court. So they played harder than us tonight. I thought guys competed, but it’s time to turn it up another level, for sure.”

      Chris Paul lit up San Antonio for 19 points and “sliced and diced us,” Popovich said. DeAndre Jordan chipped in 17 points and 17 rebounds as the Clippers outscored the Spurs 48-32 in the paint.

      Kawhi Leonard, who led the Spurs with a game-high 28 points, said the Spurs will benefit from playing the final two regular-season contests with a full squad.

      “Playing Portland, them being in the eighth seed trying to secure their position, that’s going to be tough playing them at home,” Leonard said. “These are the types of games we want to play. We just don’t want to walk over teams. We want teams to give their full effort, and we need to as well. It’s going to be a great last two games for us.”

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