For one, it's asking a lot for Ginobili to accept an arrangement that pays him 60 percent less than last season. For another, the Spurs may need the Room Exception to fill out the MUT 18 Coins roster once Aldridge signs. Using it on Ginobil means the Spurs are limited to minimum salaries otherwise.
Nevertheless, it's a tempting scenario for both sides. It gives Ginobili time to make his decision and it gives the Spurs additional cap room to get to Aldridge's maximum. Let's assume that Duncan agrees to an early deal and Ginobili signs for the Room Exception. NBA Free Agency Ranking every member of this year's class Predicting where the top 50 free agents will sign
The Kawhi Leonard situation We haven't mentioned Kawhi Leonard, who is a restricted free agent that the Spurs shouldn't let get away under any circumstances. Any new deal with Leonard will, in theory, eat into the Spurs' precious cap space.Yet there's an easy solution here assuming Leonard goes along with the plan.
He is eligible to earn 25 percent of the cap on the first year of his Buy Madden NFL 18 Coins maximum salary, which will be around $16.5 million. But that dollar figure doesn't go onto San Antonio's cap sheet until the deal is officially signed. Until then, Leonard's cap hold, which comes out to about $7.2 million, sits there. Seven million is a lot less than 16.5 million.