The San Antonio Spurs officially brought back Manu Ginobili. What will his contract be for the 2017-18 season?
The San Antonio Spurs were rumored to bring back Manu Ginobili in July. Ginobili himself confirmed his return for the 2017-18 NBA season.
On Thursday night, the Spurs officially announced Ginobili for the 2017-18 season’s roster. The news first came from The Vertical’s Shams Charania, who reported the Argentinian star will sign a two-year, $5 million deal.
This contract is well below the one-year, $14 million deal Ginobili signed for 2016-17. Before that, it was for just $2.8 million, so the numbers have fluctuated.
Manu Ginobili has signed a two-year, $5 million deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 24, 2017
It's officially, official. MANU IS BACK.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 24, 2017
Ginobili’s two-year deal is interesting. It obviously may mean he’ll be back for two more seasons in San Antonio, bringing him to age 41 by the end of 2018-19. However, if Ginobili retires after next season, the Spurs can use the stretch provision and pay him the remaining $2.5 million over the next two years. It seems like more of an appreciation of what he did, by giving him extra money for two years after leaving the NBA.
Ginobili’s role was one of the smallest it’s ever been in the NBA in 2016-17. He played just 18.7 minutes per game, shooting 39 percent from the field for 7.5 points. The 39.2 percentage from 3-point range was one of his highest marks of the decade, however.
A similar role should be in line for the 40-year-old in the 2017-18 season. He’ll work for minutes behind Danny Green and likely sit out a handful of games for “DNP-Rest,” per Gregg Popovich’s request to save him for the upcoming season.