By Jeff Garcia, Project Spurs.com
Were #Spurs Ginobili, Parker available for the right deal?: http://t.co/ntZu4ENw
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.
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