Putting together this year’s Spurs roster — from a financial point of view — is as tricky as running Phil Jackson’s triangle. Fortunately, JR Smith isn’t running the San Antonio front office. The Spurs have some dancing to do (like all teams) once the salary cap is finalized. Manu Ginobili seems set to rejoin the team at $5.7 million over two years. As Dan Feldman says at ProBasketballTalk, that’ll mean Tim Duncan can make $7.5 million under the projected salary cap ($67.1 million).
If the Spurs cap goes higher, which it could, would mean more dough for Duncan. But Feldman makes a point that will hit true Spurs fans in the solar plexus: “If the Spurs don’t have enough money for Duncan, they’d trade Boris Diaw or Patty Mills.” Diaw and Mills are among — how best to put this? — the Spurs-iest players on the team, coming up big, needing little fanfare, playing the consummate team game almost under the radar. Duncan would surely take less to keep them around, right? Especially the versatile big man Diaw?
Manu Ginobili has returned to the San Antonio Spurs on a two-year, $5.7 million deal, with a player option, league sources tell RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 7, 2015