There’s been nothing but good news for the San Antonio Spurs and their fans this summer—Manu Ginobili announced Monday afternoon that, after contemplating retirement, he’ll be back in Black and Silver next year for his 14th season.
Happy to announce that I’m coming back next season. #gospursgo #TDwouldvemissedmetoomuch. Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 6, 2015
Ginobili, who turns 38 later this month, only scored 10.5 points a night last season (his lowest average since his rookie year) and shot just 42.4 percent from the field.
But the lure of chasing a ring with newcomer LaMarcus Aldridge was too great, so the new-look Spurs will once again terrorize the rest of the League.
Per the Express-News:
Ginobili is the latest roster piece to fall into place for the Spurs, bringing their commitments for the 2015-16 season to nine. (The NBA’s roster minimum is 13.)
He follows fellow veteran Tim Duncan, who announced last week that he’ll return for a 19th season. With him, Duncan and Tony Parker all in the fold, the Spurs will have their long-time core in place — not to mention seven of their top nine scorers from last year — as they integrate Aldridge into what is already being pegged as a top contender for this year’s championship.
But despite Ginobili’s age and inconsistencies, the Spurs will be more than happy to bring back another strong veteran presence who knows their system inside and out, particularly to serve as the de facto floor general on a second unit that has lost Marco Belinelli (Sacramento), Cory Joseph (Toronto) and Aron Baynes (Detroit). […] It is widely expected that the Spurs will bring him back for the room level exception of $2.8 million after renouncing his cap hold to pursue Aldridge, a four-time All-Star who averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds for Portland last season, on the open market.