It looks like Manu Ginobili will be back with the San Antonio Spurs for one, final season – this according to the San Antonio Express.
Per Jeff McDonald:
In May, Ginobili said he has no plans to retire. He left the possibility of retirement open a bit with comments during the Finals, but smart money says he will be back for at least one more season at a rate steeply discounted from the team-leading $14.1 million he earned in 2012-13. Nobody expects Ginobili will continue his career with any team other than the Spurs.
The Argentinian star had a woeful NBA Finals which may have led to the changed opinion on a potential retirement but as McDonald pointed out, just weeks before the Finals Ginobili seemed assured he would be returning for one more year and that continues to be the case.
Depending on how “discounted” Ginobili’s contract is, the Spurs could oddly enough be major players in the upcoming NBA free agency sweepstakes as they only have $39 million on the books – even less if they let both Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter walk.