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Ginobili will consider playing in Italy; Curry staying home

Sep 27, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

Manu Ginobili, Ty Lawson

As the lockout drama drags on — and looks like negotiations are going to turn around just about as quickly as the economy — guys are starting to take a more serious look at playing overseas.

That includes Spurs star Manu Ginobili, who had talks with Virtus Bologna (that is the same team offering big money to Kobe Bryant). Ginobili is still considering his options, reports Sportando.

In an exclusive interview released at DiarioShow.com, Manu Ginobili confirmed that Virtus Bologna is the only option if he decides to play overseas during the NBA Lockout. “I did not say NO to the proposal. In Bologna I had great time and my wife Marianela loves Italy. There is a possibility that I will join Virtus Bologna during the NBA lockout. I have to give an answer by the end of the month. I had also an offer from Brazil but if I leave San Antonio Spurs during the lockout, I am going to play only with Virtus Bologna. It would be just for few months and then I will be back to Spurs” added Ginobili.

Not Stephen Curry, who told the San Francisco Chronicle he is staying put after ankle surgery in May then getting married this summer.

“Playing overseas would make sense if I was healthy, but I don’t have enough time to prepare myself to be effective over there,” he said. “I’m a basketball junkie and love to play, but I’m not bored. I’m working out and getting the details in order of taking my game to the next level.”

If the lockout drags into November, expect to see a lot of players rethinking Europe.

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