Manu Ginobili Rumors

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Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
Position: G-F
Born: 07/28/77
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
After signing LaMarcus Aldridge, the San Antonio Spurs are even more determined to try to convince Manu Ginobili to play one more season, sources told’s Marc Stein. Building roster ‎depth is a prime concern for the Spurs after committing all of their available salary-cap space to Aldridge and the returning Danny Green, with limited flexibility to pursue Indiana Pacers free agent David West and re-sign the likes of Tim Duncan and Ginobili.
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Ginobili has long planned to reveal his decision about continuing his career in the newspaper La Nacion in his native Argentina. Sources say the Spurs remain quietly optimistic that Ginobili will ultimately opt for one more season. The 37-year-old Ginobili has pondered retirement since San Antonio’s season ended with a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of the Western Conference first round.
Although Duncan and fellow Spurs mainstay Manu Ginobili have yet to make a formal declaration about their plans for next season, sources told that the Spurs are optimistic about re-signing both at salaries that will also allow them to re-sign prized restricted free agent Kawhi Leonard this summer as well as pursue top-tier free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.
“I think they’re both going to play one more year,” Parker told the Express-News on Wednesday. Duncan, 39, and Ginobili, 37, are among the 10 Spurs who will see their contracts expire on July 1. Neither has formally announced a decision to return or retire. Parker admits his opinion about keeping the trio intact next season is a bit of wishful thinking. “I’m trying to be positive,” he said with a chuckle after an appearance at his annual basketball camp at George Gervin Academy.
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Paul Garcia: Ric Bucher says “indications” are Duncan, Manu will be back with the Spurs. Again, nothing from SA side yet. Either Bucher is right, or Bleacher Report just took an incredible leap in breaking this Manu/Duncan news so early in the offseason. / RT: Bleacher Report: Insider buzz: Manu Ginobili & Tim Duncan will return to the Spurs to “keep the band together”
All indications are that the Spurs are planning for them [Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili] to be back in some capacity. The only question is what sort of contracts are they going to sign and for how long, and thereby how much money are they going to have to spend on the free agent market… But make no mistake about it: The Spurs plan to spend that money to go after another quality piece.
When Gasol was being courted by the Bulls and Spurs in free agency, he says he spoke to Thibodeau and Popovich at length before he made his decision to leave the Lakers and sign in Chicago. He connected with both coaches in different ways. He loved everything about Pop. They share a taste for the good life. But he worried about longevity with the Spurs. There was no guarantee Popovich, Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili would be there by the end of the three seasons he was signing up for.
Ginobili has discussed his future with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who — not surprisingly — says he wants both him and Tim Duncan back next season. If Duncan does indeed return, Ginobili’s decision could be that much tougher. “I don’t think San Antonio can feel the blow with one of us leaving. Now, if they were preparing themselves for a total reconstruction … that Pop would leave, that Tim would retire, that Tony (Parker) wouldn’t play any more, that would change the situation a lot. I understand it is time to change things on the team for the makeup of the group. But if Pop continues and Tim can continue, everything is different. I suppose we will have to talk a little bit with Tim, who appears to be on the same ledge as I am. We’ll see what happens.”
Manu, rather fittingly, is the wild card here. By his own admission, retirement is a real possibility, which should come as little surprise given his declining production and the way he’s thrown himself around with reckless abandon for 12 seasons in the NBA and four in Italy before that. But it also shouldn’t surprise you if Ginobili ultimately decides to drag himself through one more season trying to keep up with all that youth and athleticism on the NBA perimeter. Leaving a party this good and familiar is hard when you understand, as Manu surely does, that retirement lasts so much longer than the actual party.
“It could happen,” Ginobili said. “I still don’t know. I don’t want to make a decision after being a disappointment in a game like this. So I’ll have a lot of time. I will sit with my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I am ready to go at it again. I guess the Spurs are going to have to make a decision, too, and see what they want to do also.”