After missing 21 games this season, it looked like San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will be returning to the Spurs line up pretty soon.
According to Jeff McDonald of Spurs Nation, coach Gregg Popovich gave an optimistic assessment of his All-Star guard’s progress.
“The doctors say he’s healed and healthy,” Popovich said before the Spurs’ 89-84 win over the Grizzlies. “It’s just a matter of conditioning and timing, rhythm and confidence, all those things right now.
“I’d expect him in the next week or so.”
Ginobili has missed games since breaking his shooting hand last January 2 in Minnesota, an injury that required surgery.
“It just feels great to see him out here, doing teardrops and moving around,” Parker said. “Hopefully he can come back soon.”
When Ginobili does return, Popovich said he’s leaning toward bringing the former Sixth Man of the Year off the bench in order to ease him into game action.
The Spurs are 14-7 this season without Manu in the lineup.
Meanwhile, Tim Duncan who powered the Spurs to an 89-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night scoring 19 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, cracked the Top 20 on the NBA’s All-Time rebounding list.
Duncan now has 12,218 rebounds, passing Charles Oakley’s 12,205 rebounds.
Next up for Duncan will be Paul Silas, who is 139 rebounds away in 19th place.
Guaranteed deadline: Friday marks the date when all non-guaranteed contracts become guaranteed for the rest of the season. If teams intend to waive a player to save salary, they must do so before 5 p.m. today, in order to give time to clear waivers.
For Spurs rotation players DeJuan Blair ($986,000), Gary Neal ($762,195) and Danny Green ($854,389), today should pass without incident.
However, the Spurs has already placed rookie forward Malcolm Thomas on waivers.
Thomas was designated for assignment to the Austin Toros of the NBA’s Developmental League last week.
The 6-foot-9 forward from San Diego State, played in three games with the Spurs since he was signed on Jan. 11. He produced one point, one assist and three rebounds in 15 minutes for San Antonio.
During his stint with the Toros, Thomas averaged 9.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in four games.