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We'll be live for over five hours from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST. We have some great guests lined up and some awesome prizes to give out.
We'll discuss our beginnings from episode one recorded in May of 2005, talk to someone that has been around as a listener since the early days, reminisce and if we get enough callers, play a few minutes of the Spurscast that has our very own Jeff Garcia has forbidden me to play until now.
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According to Chris Tomasson of NBA Fanhouse, Spurs forward Richard Jefferson is considering opting out of his contract this summer, the same contract that would pay him $15 million next season.
And Spurs fans rejoice.
Jefferson has caught the ire of Spurs fans all season long because his contributions on the court never matched his salary. While he's started to find his role and contribute more lately, Jefferson's contract handicaps the Spurs from being a player in free agency this Summer.
According to Tomasson, Jefferson will look at several factors before deciding whether or not to opt out before the June 30 deadline.
Jefferson said he will look at several factors before the opt-out deadline of June 30. Those include what the NBA's economic climate looks like due to the possibility of a 2011 lockout, how the free-agent market sizes up, how the Spurs' future looks and how they do in the playoffs.
"If you win a championship, you might opt out,'' he said. "If you lose in the first round, you might stay. You can't say it's going to be one way or the other. That would be foolish (to not take many factors into account). Guys like LeBron (James), it doesn't matter.''
Jefferson, who never really has fit in with the Spurs and whose scoring average is the lowest since his rookie season of 2001-02, said his value is not as high with a slower-tempo team such as San Antonio as it would be with more up-and-down unit. Jefferson played with faster-paced New Jersey from 2001-08, and twice averaged more than 22 points in a season.
After signing Manu Ginobili to a three-year, $40 million extension, Jefferson's $15 million off the books would be some major cap relief for the Spurs, who are currently in position to pay the luxury tax a second straight year next season.
If Jefferson opts out, could Tiago Splitter be in a Spurs uniform soon?
By Jeff Cerda
After losing to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, the Spurs were hoping to bounce back with what should have been a "W" against a less talented, injury-stricken Memphis Grizzles team with a 39-39 record.
The Grizzlies were without Marc Gasol and Ronnie Brewer. But as Spurs fans know, this does not usually go well for the Spurs when the opposing team is lacking players due to injuries.
In the first quarter the Spurs looked like they were going to run away with the game with the Grizzles looking sloppy at times. The Grizzlies did not score a field goal the last 2:50 of the quarter. With Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and OJ Mayo scoring all but 2 of the first quarter points for the Grizzlies, this was looking like it was going to be a easy win for the Spurs.
The Grizzlies were missing open jumpers and not playing the best of defense and the Spurs were making them pay for it. Seven different Spurs scored in the opening quarter and DeJuan Blair even grabbed his own miss from the free throw line which led to one of Matt Bonner’s six threes for the night. The Spurs were up 30-21 at the end of the first.
The second quarter was where things really started changing. The Grizzlies were still struggling early in the quarter, as far as shooting goes, and the Spurs built the lead to as many as 13 points.
The Grizzles kept fighting and started making shots consistently late in the quarter. They were getting their team involved in the scoring this quarter instead of just the trio of Mayo, Gay and Randolph carrying the load. The Spurs were blowing assignments defensively and it was the Grizzlies who were making the Spurs pay this time. In the last 2:30 of the quarter the Grizzlies outscored the Spurs 14-7 and the Spurs got outscored 37-27 in the whole quarter and ended up going in to the half down 58-57.
The Grizzles started the third quarter on a 9-2 run to go up 67-59. The Spurs would answer with back-to-back three-point shots from Manu Ginobili and Bonner which put the Spurs to within 69-65. San Antonio was starting to look good again after blowing that 13 point lead.
A few moments later Ginobili got a steal and made a nice cross-court pass to a waiting Garrett Temple for a three-point shot which put the Spurs down only one and forced the Grizzlies to call time out and talk things over. After the time out the two teams went back and forth exchanging the lead a couple of times, but the Grizzlies would lead at the end of the third quarter at 84-80.
Early in the fourth quarter the Spurs were getting the stops they needed but they were not getting the buckets they needed on the offensive end to fully capitalize. At one point the Spurs got seven consecutive stops but only produced two points off of them. Two points off of seven straight stops is not going to get it done, especially when it is in the fourth quarter, the most crucial time of the game.
With 3:26 to go in the game the Spurs trailed 100-94, an illegal defense free-throw from Ginobili, a pair of free-throws and a put back from Tim Duncan put them within one with 2:30 to go. The Grizzlies kept their composure and answered with a Mike Conley jump-shot and the Spurs started to get desperate.
In the remaining minutes of the game the Spurs decided to start shooting up three-pointers with no luck. Roger Mason, Bonner, Temple, Ginobili and even Duncan all missed three pointers. In the last 2:30 of the game it was the Spurs who went scoreless to end the quarter, while the Grizzlies scored the last eight points to take the game 107-99.
The Spurs shot 32% from the three-point line while the Grizzlies shot 44%, and with Memphis shooting nearly 50% from the 3 point line, it’s hard to win. Another tough loss for the Spurs as the roller-coaster regular season comes closer to the end.
In a Q&A session with the media today after a team practice, Manu Ginobili stated he went through a lot of emotions during contract negotiations with the San Antonio Spurs. In the end, I am sure fans are happy he will be with the team for another three years and even said he is willing to pick up the tab for season ticket holders. Of course he was kidding.
"I was a little upset, then understanding, and then I just let it go," Ginobili said. "I went through all the moods possible, and now it's gone. We are good friends again. We love each other again."
Ginobili on whether he will pay the season tickets for those season ticket holders who would not renew if he wasn't a part of the team next season:
Q: Does this mean you're going to pay for their tickets next year?
A: (Laughing again) "It's on me. It's on my tab."
Ginobili on whether he will play beyond the contract well into his late 30's:
Q: Does this contract mean you'll end your career with the Spurs?
A: "No idea. There are a lot of players who play over 35 years old. I don't know how I'm going to feel, so I'll take it year-by-year. Well, not year-by-year (laughing) but three years by three years. When this contract ends in three years, I'll figure it out."
Now Manu, about you picking up the tab for season ticket holders?
Click HERE to read the complete Q&A session.
Now that it is official that the San Antonio Spurs and Manu Ginobili have agreed on a $38.9 million contract extension for three years, Spurs nation could not be any more excited.
The break down is as follows:
2010-2011 -- $11, 854, 584.00
2011-2012 -- $12, 981, 038.00
2012-2013 -- $14, 107, 492.00
But what will be the impact on the Spurs in retaining Ginobili? Is this a good or bad thing? Here are some pros and cons for you to look at now that the deal is official. Oh and I am not good at math so forgive me.
Of course there are so many outside factors affecting the Spurs including a possible NBA lock-out, the "Bird rights" option, but for now, do the cons outweigh the pros?
If we take a step back, keeping the "Big Three" together is expensive. Is it worth going over the salary and luxury-tax threshold on a 32 year-old player, who has been injury prone, and plays in the summer for his home country of Argentina? Will the Spurs fans pay the increased ticket prices to see the Spurs in action?
Again, with the NBA salary-cap speculated to go lower, this will be a deterrent for the Spurs to spend in free-agency because of the dollar-for-dollar penalty.
Or is this a situation of "who cares about the money" and Ginobili deserves every penny for what he has brought to the team, including helping win three of four NBA titles for the city of San Antonio?
The wait is almost over Spurs fans.
According to Johnny Ludden of Yahoo! Sports, the San Antonio Spurs and Manu Ginobili will finalize the reported $38.9 million three-year contract extension this Friday morning.
Manu Ginobili underwent a physical Thursday afternoon that revealed no concerning health issues, the last significant hurdle he had to clear before completing his three-year extension with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources said.
Spurs officials have a couple minor issues to work out with Ginobili’s agent, but the extension should be signed and finalized by early Friday morning.
And of course the news would come out on a Friday where Spurs fans can rejoice and enjoy happy-hour much more. Now let's hope he stays healthy and he helps the Spurs go deep into the playoffs.
Accoring to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, Ginobili has officially signed the three-year contract extension with the Spurs.