The San Antonio Spurs are looking for a replacement for Manu Ginobili, who is expected to be retiring after the 2016-2017 NBA Season. The Texas team has signed two Argentines this summer with both having the potential to be the next great player from Argentina.
According to a report on Saturday, the Spurs have signed Argentine guard Nicolas Laprovittola to a training camp deal. The signing comes after San Antonio signed guard/forward Patricio Garino earlier this summer.
Multiple sources confirmed the Laprovittola signing on Twitter with posts from Marc Stein and David Pick.
Spurs deal with Nicolas Laprovittola is a minimum $543,471 non-guaranteed. No ties to D-League, I'm told.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) September 3, 2016
San Antonio has a deal with Argentina guard Nicolas Laprovittola and will give him a shot to win its 15th roster spot, league sources say.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 3, 2016
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Garino is the younger prospect at 23 years old and plays the same position as Ginobili. He attended college in the United States playing for George Washington from 2012 to 2016. He was undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Meanwhile, Laprovittola is a point guard and already 26 years old. He has played in the pro leagues in South America since 2007. Both Argentines have represented their country in international competitions the last few years.
Laprovittola and Garino will be battling for a roster spot since the Spurs already have established veterans in French Tony Parker and Australian Patty Mills at the PG position and Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Anderson and Jonathan Simmons at the guard and forward positions.
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Garino or Laprovittola as the next Manu is not just NBA rumors, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is famous for being able to eye talent who were overlooked in the draft. Manu Ginobili was the 57th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.
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