Originally Posted by WILLTHETHRILL
they are already at the cap without re-signing Neal so they could have given Manu less money.........re-signed Neal and got their mid level exemption anyway. Manu at 7 million per is still too much.
Why does it matter if they pay Manu 7mil instead of 5m and still hit the cap? It does't effect their cap flexibility much in the future except for maybe 5m available instead of 3 when Bonner is done. Neal is Bird rights free agent, they can exceed the cap to sign him, the luxury tax is not really a major player either way. 7m now for Gino show Kawhi that if he stays loyal to the Spurs next contract and later, they'll treat him right when time comes. There are multiple considerations in building a team.