Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has opted out of his $2.9 million deal for the 2016-17 season, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
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The 38-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, set to decide between returning to the Spurs for another season or riding off into retirement. He has expressed leaning toward coming back under a new contract. Ginobili had a Wednesday deadline to make a decision on his player option.
For a player that was selected in the 2nd round, 57th overall, he has played in 14 seasons with the Spurs and has averaged 14 points, 3.7 rebounds, four assists and 1.4 steals. He has been a member of four title teams, is a two-time All-Star and was named the 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year.
Ginobili is coming off of a season where he averaged 9.6 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 rebounds–his lowest marks since his rookie season.
Still a busy summer ahead of him, Ginobili will be playing for his native Argentina in the Olympics, hoping to lead them to another gold.
Ginobili has been an important piece to San Antonio’s success of the last decade. Helping form the ‘Big 3’ for San Antonio, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Ginobili have turned the Spurs franchise into a machine. With unselfishness and putting their egos aside, San Antonio basketball has become appealing to watch.