Manu Ginobili Announces He Will Return for 2015-16 Season

By David Kenyon

Good news keeps pouring in for the San Antonio Spurs.

Via his Twitter account, shooting guard Manu Ginobili announced he will return for the 2015-16 season, adding that longtime teammate Tim Duncan would’ve missed him too much.

Happy to announce that I’m coming back next season. #gospursgo#TDwouldvemissedmetoomuch.

— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 6, 2015

Ginobili, who will turn 38 on July 28, will suit up for his 14th campaign with the Spurs. He appeared in 70 games last year, tallying 10.5 points and 4.2 assists per game.

The Argentine has battled with a turnover problem in recent seasons, but San Antonio desperately needed Ginobili to come back for one more year. Although the Spurs secured long-term commitments from Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green as well as free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, the team’s backcourt depth could’ve been an issue next season.

Green and Patty Mills are average ball-handlers at best. So, if Tony Parker sustained an injury, San Antonio would’ve been forced to rely on Kawhi Leonard. “The Claw” could’ve handled that responsibility, but it’s not an optimal offensive system.

Instead, Ginobili will again be the team’s sixth man and essentially serve as the second unit’s point guard, despite being classified as a two.

Ginobili’s contract has not been announced, though the Spurs are expected to make him their Room Exception signee, a deal worth $2.8 million.

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