San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will return for a 15th season despite a "very serious, big offer," his agent, Herb Rudoy, told the San Antonio Express-News' Tom Orsborn. Rudoy said a deal is not complete, but he hopes the Spurs and Ginobili will finalize a one-year contract on Friday or Saturday.
Ginobili, 39, announced a few days ago that he would not be retiring on his personal blog, and he said the same thing on Twitter on Thursday morning:
Happy to tell you guys that I'll be coming back to the Spurs for another season. #backhome— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 7, 2016
Ginobili played a smaller role than ever before last season, but he still helped the Spurs and should be able to do so again, providing he can stay healthy. He will also represent Argentina and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.
It is interesting to ponder which team might have offered Ginobili a lot of money, and whether or not he even considered it. Just picturing him in another uniform is extremely strange, but then again, nobody expected both Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade to change teams this offseason. Funny how that stuff never happens with San Antonio's stars.