There was speculation that Ginobili could retire after his season, a possibility he left open for the second half of the season and playoffs. You wonder if the Spurs had held on to their five-point lead with 28 seconds left in Game 6 of the Finals if he would have felt he could go out in peace.
As it stands, this move along with the re-signing of Tiago Splitter on Tuesday sets up the Spurs to essentially bring the same cast as last season back. There will be minor signings to fill out the bench, and the Spurs are always capable of surprises, but the cenral core remains the same. No matter Ginobili's deal, his role on the team is likely to be reduced. Ginobili struggled considerably with injuries and his game last season, as it was clear age has taken its toll.