San Antonio Spurs: Manu Ginobili confirms his return

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Manu Ginobili
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Manu Ginobili /

After reports surfaced of Manu Ginobili’s return to the San Antonio Spurs, he took to Twitter to confirm them.

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs being in discussions for a return for next season. This would be Ginobili’s 16th year in the NBA, with him playing at age 40 — by far the oldest on the team.

This put an end to Ginobili’s status, which had been in limbo, for the past six weeks since the Western Conference Finals. He received a standing ovation from Spurs fans at the end of Game 4 and was noncommittal about his future in the NBA.

So, to put the icing on the cake, Ginobili confirmed on Twitter that he will return to San Antonio for another season. He said he “will continue wearing the #20” and will be “back with the #Spurs for another season.”

??Seguiré vistiendo la #20 un tiempito más!! #sigaelbaile #elpibede40 ??Back with the @Spurs for another season #thrilled #youngat40

— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 19, 2017

Ginobili will be back as the Spurs look to make a case for the NBA championship again. They fell short in the Western Conference Finals to the Golden State Warriors, getting swept in four games.

The two-time All-Star will potentially play a bench role on this team, identical to what he did in the 2016-17 season. This saw him play all 69 games off the bench, averaging 18.7 minutes and 7.5 points on 39 percent shooting.

Ginobili should work into a shooting guard rotation with players like Brandon Paul, Bryn Forbes, and Danny Green. Forbes’ contract isn’t guaranteed until August 1, and Paul has no NBA regular season experience, so let’s see how big of a role the Argentinian star has.

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