The San Antonio Spurs are set to keep Manu Ginobili for another season and the Argentine won’t follow Tim Duncan to retirement for now. NBA rumors are now confirmed that one of the teams that tried to steal Ginobili from the Spurs are the Philadelphia 76ers, which reportedly offered the veteran guard a two-year $30 million deal.
Marc Stein of ESPN confirmed the deal for Manu with the Spurs on Twitter.
Ginobili will turn 29 later this July but he still had some good games last season for the Spurs. The 15-year NBA veteran averaged 9.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 58 regular season games for San Antonio last year. In the 2016 NBA Playoffs, Manu averaged 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
The terms of the deal are not yet clear but there are NBA rumors that Ginobili will be getting $14 million from the Spurs next season, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
With Tim Duncan opting for retirement, Ginobili will serve as one of the veteran leaders for the Spurs. Other experienced guys in the team are Tony Parker and free agency acquisition Pau Gasol.
The Spurs still have star players Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge and the team is considered one of the top contenders in the tough Western Conference.
It seems San Antonio had to up their offer for Ginobili because of the offer from the Sixers. Philadelphia wants veteran players to add their very young roster that includes 2016 NBA Draft top pick Ben Simmons and prospects Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel.
Ginobili earned just around $3 million last year and there were already NBA rumors that he’d be retiring after last season.
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