Ginobili has contract offer from former Italian team, Virtus Bologna

Virtus Bologna reportedly made an offer to Spurs' Manu Ginobili to play in the Italian League during the lockout.

San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili has a contract offer from his former Italian team, his agent Herb Rudoy confirmed to Express-News.

However, Manu has yet to make a decision.

Manu’s brother, Leandro confirmed the offer from Virtus Bologna, which was originally reported by Italian sports publication Gazzetta Dello Sport.

“I don’t think Manu is thinking he will go play in Italy for two months before returning to the Spurs,” Leandro Ginobili said, according to the newspaper.

Ginobili is in the middle of the FIBA Americas Championship, where he’s trying to help Argentina earn an Olympic spot.

He is averaging 15.9 points, 3.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds in eight games for the Argentine national team at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Mar del Plata.

In nine seasons with the Spurs, Ginobili has averaged 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 blocks .

He’s a three-time NBA champion, a two-time All-Star and was named Sixth Man of the Year in 2008.

Ginobili is under contract with the Spurs for two more seasons and is scheduled to make $14.2 million next season.


4 thoughts on “Ginobili has contract offer from former Italian team, Virtus Bologna

  1. In the past, Manu has always been hopeful that the lockout will be resolved, I don’t think he will accept the offer unless, he is certain that the 2011-12 NBA season will be wiped out.

    • I’d like to believe the same because Manu has always been focused on helping Argentina and then come back to San Antonio for training camp.

      This week, there have been some significant progress towards resolving the lockout issue but nothing is certain.

      However, if the lockout drags on until December or January, Manu might sign to play with his former team.

      Thanks everyone for the continued support, comments and reads.

  2. I’m sure Manu is thinking twice about the offer, this is a chance for him to earn extra cash during the NBA lockout.

    As long as he can get an insurance and an NBA opt out, I think it would be a “no-brainer” for him.

    I guess we will see what happens next. Thanks for the update.

  3. Pingback: Manu intends to retire with the Spurs, but near future maybe with Virtus Bologna « Spurs World

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