Ginobili factor in NBA free agency
With the talent-laden free agent class of 2010 just months from
availability, what are the chances a team may be willing to offer Spurs
guard Manu Ginobili a contract big enough to lure him away from San
Depending on where the salary cap figure for the 2010-11 season is set — it is projected to be between $53 million and $54 million —- five teams figure to have at least $15 million in cap space to spend on free agents. Two more will have about $9 million and nearly $12 million.
There will be plenty of talented free agents vying for all that money, led by the triad of All-Stars — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Each of those superstars can sign with only one team, and history shows most players in their positions end up re-signing with the teams that own their Larry Bird rights.
What, then, becomes of all that cap space for the teams that don’t land a high-profile player?
A resurgent Ginobili, proving of late that he remains one of the league’s game-changers, would be a good consolation prize for a team desperate to give its fans reason to believe in its roster decisions.
A look at the teams with money to burn:
New York Knicks
New Jersey Nets
Los Angeles Clippers
Okla. City Thunder