It's hard to picture Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker not in a San Antonio Spurs uniform. They have poured blood, sweat and tears into making the franchise into a perennial championship team and have helped bring three NBA titles to the Alamo City.
But apparently last season, both players were available to any team for the right deal.
According to New York Post's Peter Vecsey, Manu and TP (and any othe player outside Tim Duncan) were on the shopping block.
Spurs management called around the league to let the right people know that every player was touchable, exempting Tim Duncan. Owner Peter Holt, team president/coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford were committed to honor Duncan’s reign of scandal-drama-free excellence (four titles) over 14 seasons until he decided not to play for pay anymore.
The Spurs made the correct move keeping guard Manu Ginobili, who has been a key player in San Antonio’s strong run through the NBA playoffs.
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, I must reemphasize, were available for the appropriate equity.
If the report is true, then I am sure glad the Spurs did not pull the trigger on any trade involving Manu and TP. This season the two have proved invaluable for the team's success.
Parker is having a phenomenal season, made the All-Star squad, garnered MVP consideration, and is leading the team within two wins of making an NBA Finals appearance and a shot at a fifth title for San Antonio.
Ginobili, though dealing with injuries early this season, sprung to life in the Western Conference Finals series against the Thunder in Game 1 and 2 and is still showing he has plenty of gas left in the tank despite his age.
However, in the end let's face it, these two player will retire a Spur and have their jersey hanging in the rafters of the AT&T Center. They have contributed so much to the franchise that it's only fitting they never wear any other team colors other than black and silver.
TRADE TP WHILE WE STILL CAN ! HE"S NOT GONNA TAKE THIS TEAM FAR AND BEING THE LEADER ! HE WILL ALWAYS BE A SUB-PAR STAR AND NEVER A FACTOR TO WIN !
Don't believe everything you read. Peter Vecsey really doesn't have all that much journalistic credibility. He's basically the Perez Hilton of the NBA. This could be completely false and I'm not inclined to believe most of what Peter Vescey "reports."
I would like to know what the right price was. Lebron and Rose? Sure... But what would we have expected to get? No this summer, I think there may be some deals made and I think Blair will be one of them, assuming we can keep Diaw.
I had a bad feeling that Manu would be and I would really have missed him. Face it no matter how much we love him and how much he's done for us, he's also been injury prone for the last few years and because of all his injuries he's been a big reason why we haven't won another championship. He's still talented and fortunately we have enough talent to be able to play him limited minutes this year.
I can't believe that the management even the smallest idea in the world in thinking of selling them. No matter how attractive or lucrative the deal might be, these two guys are not replaceable at all!!! I want them to play for the Spurs for life and retire as a Spurs. Period!