Originally Posted by doom32x4
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.
I know they can go over the cap to re-sign Neal but why pay Manu and Splitter those figures if you don't have to do it? I would have waited for Tiago to get an offer sheet. The Manu part seems like the Spurs are outbidding themselves for no reason. You get a contract on future performance not from prior success. If that's the case give Duncan 30 million a year for the next five years. On that argument you win easily. Kawhi doesn't need to see Manu get overpaid to know the Spurs' loyalty. Kawhi knows he is in a class organization without that example.