If the Spurs thought they only had to compete with other NBA teams for the services of Manu Ginobili this offseason, it appears they may have been mistaken.
According to Ramón Trecet of Marca.com (via SLAMonline), Spanish basketball club Real Madrid is interested in Ginobili and will likely be wooing him this summer with more money than he’ll likely get offered in the NBA.
The 32-year-old played for Ettore Messina, now Real Madrid’s head coach, during his stint with Virtus Bologna from 2000-2002. It’s rumored the club may offer Ginobili $10 million Euros, or roughly $13.5 million US dollars — much more than the $10.7 million the Spurs are paying him this season.
While Manu has been averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game this season, he’s really been on a different level lately. He’s scored in double figures in 12 of his last 13 games and has scored 38 points twice this month.
While I doubt Manu would choose money over competing for a championship in the NBA, the Spurs would probably prefer if Manu were in Spain over Los Angeles.