Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 at 11:21 am  |  27 responses

Real Madrid Interested in Manu Ginobili

Marca journalist Ramon Trecet confirmed via his Twitter that Real Madrid has strong interest in signing Manu Ginobili next season. The 32-year-old played for Ettore Messina, now Real Madrid’s head coach, during his stint with Virtus Bologna from 2000-2002. It’s rumored the club may offer Ginobili $10 million Euros, or roughly $13.5 million US dollars — much more than the $10.7 million the Spurs are paying him this season.

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  • http://www.thecomfortofyourseat.blogspot.com twahc

    should consider.

  • kwame

    should def consider…good money…good city…good team

  • http://elchinas.wordpress.com El Chinas.

    For me, it doesn’t matter where Manu plays, good basketball can be played anywhere. But him bolting for Spain would mean disaster for the NBA brass, since they will lose one of their flagship (both in terms of marketing, and of the game intself) international stars.

    But… we are talking about the Spurs here, Pop may just cast his voodoo spell and make him stay for a fifth of that money.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    would be sad to see him go, but probably his best career move… less games in the Euro season…

  • http://www.euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    Wonder if he can get there by tonight for the Barcelona game…

  • I’m Not Famous

    Lou Bullock just wants to keep his playing time.

  • franko

    “The Spurs without MANU is like a man without a heart”

  • LA Huey

    I’d hate to see Manu go but I can’t be mad at him for one last cash grab.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    would be great for Manu, but I would be sad to see him leaving the Spurs, and the NBA for that matter. Watched Thunder-Spurs last night, and Manu still has some good years in him.

  • 16

    this would be sad for tnt overtime.. GINOBILLLIIII!!!

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    With the potential lock-out etc, this could be a great move for him. He’s older, the shorter season could really help extend his career and the Spurs aren’t really a major contender. So, he’s got nothing to loose. It would add a interesting dynamic in general where NBA teams/players more actively think about overseas offers as competition for their services. Eventually a superstar will sign overseas and really change how the NBA is valued as the ‘go to’ league.

  • roman

    Spurs aren’t what they use to be. If i was him, definitely consider it.

  • http://slamonline.com d.j.

    what NUPE said… and yes he will not only consider but he will go.. at his age no NBA team will give him 13.5 tax free million $ a season…

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    Real Madrid? I’m guessin if they willing to pay him that kinda money he must be a better soccer player than basketball player, which ain’t saying a lot

  • ConeyIslander

    Manu is the MAN! Lol

  • slamadayear

    He should go. The Spurs are going down the toilet, and nobody’s paying him 14M a year in the NBA.

  • AL29

    More money vs. Spurs declining, trade likely, lock-out imminent, frequent injuries. Goodbye Manu!

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    Real just lost from Barca while a lot of NBA people(led by Rockets GM D. Morey) where tonight at Piraeus to see Olympiakos against a team from Poland. Teodosic took us again by the hand while Kleiza was solid. Josh, not that much.
    I hate to have my team go against the great Manu Ginobili but i don’t think this will happen, he means to much for the San Antonio community and he is still one of the top-10 players in the world when matters….

  • Knowsitall

    Manu is Top 10 in the world? “papaloukas” please don’t ever write on another blog ever!!!

  • Eric

    Manu – they can offer you all he money in the world, but Euro teams have a tendency to not CTC. “Guaranteed money” in Europe has an entirely different meaning.

  • James

    good i hate him and the spurs they are horrible with him and the most boring team in the league….

  • Ronald

    @Eric. Very true for the smaller teams. But this is Real Madrid. Probably one of the better euroleague clubs out there.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    @Knowsitall…..: O.K.!!!!

  • Michael

    @Eric – you got to be kidding me. You are equating some small clubs from small domestic leagues with Real Madrid?

    Any of the big Euroleague clubs pay their players and they give guaranteed contracts. What you just said would be like saying “American contracts in the NBA are not guaranteed” – simply because a USBL team didn’t pay a guy.

    Please keep the ignorance off this discussion, because that comment was ridiculous. The big Euroleague clubs could buy the Knicks or Lakers twice over.

  • Federico

    10 milion Euros per year? Who said this crazy thing? It is about 2 times the budget they spend for the ENTIRE club!!! And don’t think about the soccer club: it’s not quite the same thing, not quite the same money. Marca is going crazy lately: they’re bounding to Real Madrid every single free agent of this summer. They already talked about Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Rodriguez and Tiago Splitter. Now about Ginobili. This is about selling their newspaper, not about truth: not a single man in Europe would offer that sum of money for a single basketball player, expecially for a 32 years old, who is seeking a long term contract by the way. Manu will stay in the NBA, maybe not in San Antonio but definitively in the States. This is usual Marca “news”: nobody in Spain believes it anymore, just anybody outside borders, and only because they don’t know what kind of “job” Marca usually does…

  • Bob D

    Hope it happens, I hate Manu with a passion.

  • Michael

    The budget of Real Madrid’s basketball club is allocated at 35 million euros. 10 million euros is NOT twice the budget of the club, it is less than 1/3 the budget.