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Thursday, January 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  17 responses

Manu Attemps to Calm Spurs Fans’ Nerves

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Of all the big-time players that are expected to his the free agency market this summer, Manu Ginobili is perhaps the one name that is the least discussed. At least, that was the case until recently.

Ginobili gave Spurs fans a bit of a heart attack when, an interview with an Argentinian newspaper, he stated that he doesn’t expect San Antonio to renew his deal before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

And now, it’s time for some damage control.

Here’s the report from the Express-News:

Ginobili said he was concerned some of his comments weren’t properly understood, especially as they related to his belief the Spurs won’t offer him a contract extension before his current contract expires on June 30.

“In Argentina, the term ‘extension,’ as it is here, doesn’t exist. The fact is, they can re-sign me before the deal is over. They took ‘extend’ to mean even after it is over, instead of re-sign. So they are two different terms.”

Ginobili said he understands the Spurs’ reluctance to offer a contract extension before season’s end but said it was important to stress that this does not mean he expects to leave San Antonio. “I don’t expect them to re-sign me before the deal is over,” he said. “I’m going to be a free agent, and then I’m going to decide. That’s the only thing. It’s not that I’m saying I’m not going to be a Spur. That’s the difference.”

Ginobili’s case will be a very interesting one to monitor once the season comes to an end.

His numbers are down this year (injuries will do that to you), and everyone knows the Spurs aren’t getting any younger. And though he is an enormously popular player in that town, management will need to make some very tough decisions when it comes to his asking price.

Despite his assurances, it remains to be seen if San Antonio and Manu Ginobili are the right fit for one another going forward.

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  • Coconut

    first

  • JoeMaMa

    “I know your nerves are shot, so I’ll say it right away: I’m getting the Rogaine.”

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I find it highly unlikely that Manu plays anywhere else. Although if the other top names resign with their respective teams, he, Joe Johnson, David Lee will be getting overpriced offers that will be really hard to turn down. should be an interesting summer.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    “remains to be seen if San Antonio and Manu Ginobili are the right fit for one another going forward.” Really? You have to mean only money-wise, right?

  • ab_40

    MLE and he’ll roll into the role michael finley had last year and the year before that. and T-mac will become the nwe manu

  • $tev3

    ab_40 about TMAC yeah right

  • Kevin

    Honestly, if there’s an upgrade out on the wing over Manu SA should go for it, I mean Manu is beloved down here in SA, but the Spurs might want to look in another direction

  • Soundproof

    T-mac to San Antonio?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Manu hustles in ways TMac does not. I wouldn’t make that mistake.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    I would take Manu over T-Mac anyday. And I think T-Mac is gonna come back and dominate.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Manu ain’t going anywhere. And T-Mac isn’t ‘gonna come back and dominate’.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    If the Spurs win a ring this year Manu is a lock.

  • Jose

    they get rid of/dont re-sign manu. the spurs will fall apart piece by piece.

  • Rusty

    Spurs arent winning a ring this year

  • 6marjons

    I wouldn’t want them going after Tmac as much as I love him I think even Manu ginobli is less injury prone than him.
    I love manu dont wanna see him go and tbh I think they’ll at least add on one more year so his contract finishes with Timmy’s

  • Sarah

    This city will go nuts if he doesn’t come back. But I believe his competitive drive is reason enough to re-sign him. It keeps him in games even when he doesn’t have his game legs. Of course he does us no good on the bench, but I think if he gets through this season he’s worth the risk from here on out.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    sign him, but also, SIGN RUDY GAY! make it happen rc!!!

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