Ginobili is dealing with a sore calf, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports. Ginobili is set to play with Argentina's national team this summer during the Olympic Games, but could miss Friday's exhibition outing versus the USA if the calf doesn't feel better over night. Even if he does play in that matchup, there's a good chance he remains limited, as Ginobili likely doesn't want to complicate the injury further. The injury isn't considered serious, however, so it shouldn't impact his training camp availability. After re-signing with the Spurs on a one-year, $14 million contract earlier this month, Ginobili is expected to take on his usual sixth-man role in his 15th NBA season.
Ginobili signed a one-year, 14 million dollar deal with the Spurs on Thursday, Shams Charania of the Vertical reports. Ginobili averaged 9.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals in 20 minutes per game in the 2015-16 season. The 38-year-old guard is likely in line for a 20-minutes role off the bench, as well as periodic days off throughout the season, as coach Gregg Popovich gives his veteran players from time-to-time.
Ginobili posted on his personal Twitter account Thursday morning that he would return to the Spurs for the 2016-17 season, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. Ginobili, an unrestricted free agent, has yet to officially agree to terms on a new contract with the Spurs, but as anticipated, but it doesn't appear he's interested in negotiating with any other teams after he confirmed in a blog post last Sunday that he would return to the NBA for at least one more season. Longtime Spurs teammate Tim Duncan, on the other hand, is believed to be leaning toward retirement, so until an announcement is made on that front, Ginobili may wait to sign a contract as a means of assisting the front office as it juggles personnel. The 38-year-old averaged 9.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.1 steals in 19.6 minutes per game last season.
Ginobili will return to the NBA for another season, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports. While originally considering retirement, Ginobili is now widely expected to be retained by the Spurs, the same team he's played with for his entire fourteen-year career. Ginobili posted averages of 9.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals over 19 minutes this past season and would likely see a similar role with the team if he's brought back. Ginobili's fantasy value remains a bit restricted due to the low amount of minutes he sees, as well as coach Gregg Popovich's desire to rest his veterans at different times during the season.
Ginobili has declined his $2.9 million player option for 2016-17, and will enter free agency, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. With the league's salary cap raising every season, players have been following the "LeBron James" model of signing to one-year deals in order to re-negotiate their salaries for the highest possible amount every season. This should probably be no different with Ginobili. The 38-year-old just finished his 14th season with the Spurs - the only team he has ever played for in the NBA - with averages of 9.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 20 minutes per game during the 2015-16 season. Without any hints of retirement (which is also possible), it is likely that Ginobili will re-sign with the Spurs for the 2016-17 season.
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