Manu Ginobili, Spurs Nearing an Extension

by April 08, 2010

There’s been all season about Manu possibly hitting the free agent market, but the Spurs are smartly about to lock him up for a few more years. The Express-News reports: “Manu Ginobili is close to finalizing a contract extension that could keep him in a Spurs uniform for the remainder of his NBA career. How close? ‘It’s closer than it’s ever been,’ Ginobili told the Express-News before Wednesday’s game at Phoenix. ‘There are small things to take care of, numbers to crunch, but I’m optimistic. We should have something in a day or two.’ Yahoo! first reported Wednesday afternoon that the framework of a deal was in place that would pay Ginobili $40 million over the next three years. reports the figure to be $38.9 million. If so, that would represent a raise over his current contract, which pays him more than $10.7 million this season. Ginobili, his agent, Herb Rudoy, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich stressed the deal has not yet been finalized.”