San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili announced his retirement Monday after 16 seasons with the same franchise.
Ginobili broke into the NBA as a 25 year-old in 2002, winning four NBA championships. Ginobili's retirement received a major reaction across the basketball world after becoming an icon for international players. Many members of the Celtics decided to pay homeage to the futute hall of famer.
Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown, two wing players who must have taken a page or two from Ginobili's book.
Aron Baynes spent his first three seasons with the Spurs and won a championship with Ginobili in 2014.
Respect for Ginobili came from players from several different age groups around the league. Al Horford and Danny Ainge paid respect as well.
Kawhi Leonard has been traded to the Raptors for DeMar DeRozan. How do both players feel about the trade? Who got the better end of the deal?
Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio and apparently he's getting his wish.
However, he's not too excited about where he's going.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Haynes reported early Wednesday morning that the Spurs "are finalizing a deal [to send Leonard to the Toronto Raptors] in a trade package that includes All-Star DeMar DeRozan." And, according to the report: "Leonard and DeRozan are both aware that an agreement could be imminent, and neither is expressing enthusiasm for the deal, league sources said."
Leonard's well-documented frayed relations with the Spurs led to San Antonio pursuing potential deals for the perennial All-Star, but his desire to sign with the Lakers (or, failing that, the Clippers) as a free agent next offseason depressed the trade market. The Celtics were interested in Leonard -- and, in fact, made an offer to San Antonio at last year's trade deadline -- but, knowing there was more than a good chance he'd be a one-year rental, were reportedly unwilling to part with with any of their key players. Nor were the Sixers, another rumored landing spot for Leonard. According to sources, both Boston and Philly made offers that were built around draft picks and not current talent, which didn't interest the Spurs.
With this rumored deal, San Antonio gets an All-Star who'd be under team control for a while: He has three years and $83 million left on his contract, including an Early Termination Option for the 2020-21 season. And Toronto, which finished with the best record in the East last year but was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, now muscles its way back into contention for the Eastern Conference title, which was assumed to have become a two-team battle between the Celtics and 76ers.
At least for a year, anyway.