Manu Ginobili: San Antonio Star Off to Washington?

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 12, 2009

SAN ANTONIO - JANUARY 31:  Guard Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs takes a shot against the New Orleans Hornets on January 31, 2009 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In what smells to be the beginning whiffs to the official start of the NBA offseason, San Antonio's all-star shooting guard Manu Ginobili could indeed be off to the nations capital in a two for four deal.

The Wizards would send young guard Nick Young, veteran Mike James, center Etan Thomas, and the fifth pick of this years NBA draft for the Spurs Argentian's Fabricio Oberto and the speedy quick Manu Ginobili.

This deal really looks good for both teams as the Spurs would get a young 24-year-old shooting guard in Nick Young (who could in fact be placed into the starting lineup and excel) and possibly 6'10" power forward Jordan Hill with the fifth pick of the NBA draft. Both these players would definitely complement Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, giving the Spurs a slightly younger look to their already veteran team.

On the other hand, the Wizards would get a true shooting guard in Ginobili who can automatically step into the starting lineup and contribute to the teams overall success. Manu has averaged 30 plus MPG only once during his entire career in which he posted career highs in most of his statistical numbers.

If Arenas and Ginobili team up, I see the Wizards becoming one of the elite teams in the East (I already believed they would be legit next season, this just gives me even more reason to continue to believe so).

What are your thoughts about this team, and what do you think about the Wizards chances of moving up in the Eastern Conference rankings if Ginobili were to join their team.