The San Antonio Spurs may have lost Tim Duncan to retirement this offseason, but they’ve been able to retain veteran shooting guard Manu Ginobili, after the two reached an agreement on a one-year deal.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the deal is reportedly for $14 million. That will be the most Ginobili has made since the 2012-13 season, where he made $14.1 million. Since then, Ginobili has made a combined $16 million the past three seasons.
Vertical Sources: Manu Ginobili has signed a one-year, $14 million deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2016
Ginobili is going to be 39 years old in a matter of days, and while he’s not the player he once was, the Spurs hope that he’s got just enough left in the tank to provide some scoring off of the bench. Last season, Ginobili had 9.6 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game for the Spurs.
The team drafted 6’5″ guard Dejounte Murray with the 29th overall pick in June’s NBA Draft, and if he’s able to show promise, the Spurs will likely try to utilize him in ways they used to with Ginobili. At the very least, Danny Green will be there to step up for the Spurs as he has the past few years.
Despite not being the same player he once was, Ginobili should be able to provide some good veteran leadership, and help keep the machine that is the San Antonio Spurs franchise going.