The San Antonio Spurs’ terrific offseason improved when veteran shooting guard Manu Ginobili announced he would return for the 2015-16 NBA season, and his price is now known.
According to Shams Charania of RealGM, Ginobili will sign a short-term contract that contains a player option after the first year.
Manu Ginobili has returned to the San Antonio Spurs on a two-year, $5.7 million deal, with a player option, league sources tell RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 7, 2015
Ginobili registered 10.5 points and 4.2 assists per game last season, logging 22.7 as the Spurs’ sixth man and primary ball-handler off the bench.
Aron Baynes and Marco Belinelli signed elsewhere in free agency, so Ginobili will have at least two new teammates in the second unit. As of now, Patty Mills and Boris Diaw will return for the 2015-16 campaign, and former Indiana Pacers forward David West will join the backups.
Ginobili brings craftiness to San Antonio and will serve as the emergency point guard if Tony Parker sustains an injury. Cory Joseph, who occupied that role in 2014-15, headed to the Toronto Raptors.