If you thought the San Antonio Spurs sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers was a major accomplishment, think again. To Manu Ginobiil, it's not exactly the best way to grade the Spurs for the postseason stretch.
Ginobili mentions the Lakers missing huge pieces to their puzzle such as Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks, Metta World Peace, and of course Kobe Bryant throughout the series. He also comments on the rest the Spurs will be getting, for as long as the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors series lasts as the Warriors are up 3-1 in the series.
Check out the video below for the interview.
OK, the Spurs disposed of the Lakers. I think it is not too early to look into the future. Jackson is gone and the Spurs saved about $10m; Manu's contract is expiring and curently receiving $14m. Remember that TD took a cut of about $11m. It stands to reason that if Manu's contract is extended, he will agree to a cut of $7m. Blair's contract is expiring and the Spurs will save another $2m. Splitter's contract will not be renewed if he ask for an amount too prohibitiive. Rationally I think $7m is reasonable; Waive Mills and a savings of $3m. If Splitter is not agreable to sign a lower rate and his contract is not renewed, the Spurs stand to have a savings of $27m. In this scenario sign Gerard Henderson, Jr. (SG) for $5m or Tony Allen; Chandler Parsons (SF) for $3m or OmirCasspi for $4m; JJ Hickson (PF) for $ 5 or 6m or Andray Blatche for $3 or 4m; Varejao (C) for $7 or 9m and draft Lucas Noguiera or Withey for $2m. Whether or not the Spurs win the nba championship, it stands to reason that next year they have a stronger team. Assign Baynes to the d-league. By this time Joseph has matured and De Colo has adjusted. So no need to add another pg. By the way, all these mentioned changes involve free agents at the end of the season except Varejao who will be traded.