Ginobili announced his retirement from professional basketball Monday via his personal Twitter account.
While Ginobili, himself, had remained quiet about his future in the NBA, the writing has been on the wall for the last few months suggesting that the veteran and future-Hall-of-Famer was seriously considering stepping away from the game. The 41-year-old appeared in 65 games for the Spurs last season, averaging 20.0 minutes per game -- his most since 2014-15 -- and providing 8.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. Ginobili, a two-time All-Star and two-time Third Team All-NBA selection, will retire as one of the greatest international players in league history. He currently ranks eighth all-time in career postseason games played, and he's among the top 100 in NBA history in three-pointers made (29th), steals (58th), Player Efficiency Rating (65th), win shares (70th), and Value Over Replacement Player (36th). The four-time NBA champion was also a key piece in Argentina's 2004 gold-medal-winning team at the Athens Olympics.
Ginobili is seriously considering retirement and is slated to meet with head coach Gregg Popovich in the upcoming days to discuss his future, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Though the 41-year-old has been working out at San Antonio's practice facility this summer, he hasn't committed to returning for what would be his 17th season in San Antonio. Ginobili, who has one year and $2.5 million left on his contract, averaged 8.9 points across 20.0 minutes per game last season. Should the two-time All-Star elect to suit up in 2018-19, he would once again be in store for a regular role on the Spurs' second unit.
Ginobili finished with 10 points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt 3-3 FT), seven assists and five rebounds in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 99-91 loss to the Warriors.
Ginobili and the Spurs fell out of the playoffs Tuesday, going down to the Warriors in a surprisingly close encounter. The Spurs made a late charge but just didn't have the firepower to compete with the Warriors and will now head into the off-season with a number of questions hanging around their team. Ginobili may have played his last game in the NBA but that remains to be seen as he will decide whether or not he wants to come back for one more season. Either way, he has been a true champion for both the Spurs and the NBA and fans around the world will be sad to see him leave, if he, in fact, decides to call it a day.
Ginobili scored 16 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 103-90 win over the Warriors in Game 4.
Ten of his points came in an inspired fourth quarter, as Ginobili all but willed the Spurs to victory in what could well be his final playoff game in San Antonio before the 40-year-old rides off into the sunset. Playing Golden State seems to bring out the best in Ginobili -- his last four postseason games with 15 or more points have all come against the Warriors -- so don't be surprised if he has another strong performance left in him for Tuesday's Game 5.
Ginobili registered 10 points (4-9 G, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two steals across 23 minutes during San Antonio's 116-101 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
The playoff-savvy veteran has been efficient during the first two games of the series, with Monday's production bringing his averages to 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals across 20.0 minutes. Ginobili has shot an impressive 46.7 percent, as well, including 40.0 percent from three-point range. The 16-year veteran is likely to continue seeing a similar role throughout the balance of the series, which shifts to San Antonio for Game 3 on Thursday.
Ginobili posted 17 points (5-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, five assists and a steal in 27 minutes during Monday's 98-85 win over the Kings.
There's no question that Ginobili knows how to win games, and as the Spurs clinched their 21st straight playoff berth, Ginobili was relishing every point he poured in to aid the effort. While the team is packed with talent there's little doubt that the team will lean on the 40-year-old, who has more playoff experience than any other player on the team, with Tony Parker being the sole exception.
Ginobili tallied 17 points (7-7 FG, 3-3 3Pt), three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 19 minutes during Saturday's 116-105 win over the Trail Blazers.
Ginobili threw in three long-range balls to go along with his perfect 7-for-7 shooting performance. The veteran is still contributing at a high level, and it will be interesting to see how he is utilized when every game counts and he doesn't have the luxury of the rest days he often received this season. Conventional wisdom says that it could hurt his value come playoff time, but second-guessing a Spurs playoff team has proven to be a fool's errand as they always play tough.
Ginobili is out for Wednesday's tilt against the Lakers due to rest, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports.
Ginobili will get Wednesday night off, which comes on the second half of a back-to-back set. He's also played 11 games in a row -- one of his longest stretches of the season -- averaging 7.1 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds across 18.7 minutes during that span. His next opportunity to take the floor arrives Saturday against Portland. In his stead Wednesday, Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul could see some extra run.
Ginobili recorded 10 points (2-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes during Thursday's 103-99 victory over the Thunder.
Ginobili only saw 14 minutes of action but was in down the stretch and sealed the win with a pair of clutch free-throws. He is a shadow of the player he once was but with the Spurs in a battle every night, he could be worth a look in deeper leagues if you need occasional scoring with a bit of everything else thrown in.
Ginobili produced 18 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), fiver rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes during Friday's 124-120 win over the Jazz.
When given ample opportunity, Ginobili is perfectly capable of turning back the clock and delivering a solid stat line. In his past five games, he's seen an average of almost 21 minutes on the floor to get things done. Whether we'll see the 39-year-old next season is anyone's guess, but coach Popovich has made it clear to Ginobili and Tony Parker that his younger guys will see more time moving forward.
Ginobili produced 11 points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot in 22 minutes during Thursday's 98-93 win over the Pelicans.
Ginobili reached double-digit points in relief but that's not a total that can be counted on from the veteran guard, who hasn't seen the needle move significantly in terms of his production. He's basically been used in the second unit and you'll often see him pop in as the sixth man on occasion. He currently has little to no fantasy value despite this decent game.
Ginobili (rest) will be available for Tuesday's contest against the Magic.
With the playoffs nearing, Ginobili was rested for Monday's contest against the Rockets. His return Tuesday will likely reduce the roles of Bryn Forbes and Danny Green. Over Ginobili's past 14 appearances, he's averaged 8.8 points and 3.0 assists in 19.5 minutes.
Ginobili will rest for Monday's game against the Rockets.
With the playoffs nearing, the Spurs will opt to rest their 40-year-old guard for Monday's contest, leaving Bryn Forbes and Danny Green to likely see increased action off the bench. Monday marks the first game of a back-to-back stint for the Spurs, which would leave Ginobili available to return to action Tuesday against the Magic.
Ginobili (chest) has returned to Saturday's game, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The 40-year-old Ginobili briefly left the game after taking a shoulder to the chest and is the Spurs' scoring leader early with 10 points in 10 minutes.
Ginobili left Saturday's game against the Lakers after he suffered a chest injury, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Ginobili has since returned to the bench, but the Spurs have no update on his status, per Orsborn.
Ginobili finished with 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one block in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 121-116 loss to the Pelicans.
Ginobili returned to the lineup following a one-game absence with a bruised sternum, and the 40-year-old legend stepped up and tried to take over once LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) exited. If Aldridge and Pau Gasol (knee) remain sidelined for Saturday's showdown with the Lakers, Ginobili might be worth a look as a cheap option in daily leagues.
Ginobili (chest) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's matchup with the Pelicans, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Ginobili sat out Sunday's contest with a bruised sternum, but as expected, it was nothing serious and will return to action for Wednesday's contest. Coach Gregg Popovich said there wouldn't be any specific minutes restriction for his veteran, noting his playing time would be the "same as for any other 40-year-old player." Ginobili's return could mean a few less minutes for guys like Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul.
Ginobili (chest) said he plans to play in Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The veteran was sidelined for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers after suffering a bruised sternum Friday against the Nuggets, but it looks like the extra day off has helped Ginobili recover. With Ginobili expected to return to the lineup, Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills may both see their backcourt minutes take a hit.
Ginobili (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Ginobili suffered a bruised sternum in Friday's tilt with the Nuggets and while it's not considered to be anything overly serious, the Spurs will take a cautious approach and hold him out Sunday. That should allow Ginobili another few days off for rest prior to Wednesday's matchup with the Pelicans, though tentatively consider him questionable for that outing. With Ginobili out, guys like Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul could see a slightly expanded role off the bench.
Ginobili (chest) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Cavaliers.
The veteran injured his chest during Friday's contest against the Nuggets. Afterward, he underwent an X-ray. The results have not been officially revealed, though with the news of him being questionable Saturday, the results were presumably negative. If he gets ruled out, Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul could see expanded roles.