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Manu Ginobili to Return Next Season

With Tim Duncan returning for a 19th season and LaMarcus Aldridge now in the fold, it seemed highly unlikely that Manu Ginobili was going to call it quits this summer. Sure enough, he’s not retiring and will be back for a 14th season with the San Antonio Spurs:

Ginobili will turn 38 later this month, but he was still a solid contributor off the bench for the Spurs last season when healthy. He averaged 10.5 points and 4.2 assists in 22.7 minutes per game last season. He appeared in 70 games.

Ginobili showed his age in the postseason against the Los Angeles Clippers, but he’ll still be welcomed back as a depth piece next year, especially with some other key rotation players like Marco Belinelli, Cory Joseph, Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes gone thanks to the Aldridge deal.

Ginobili will have to take a discount himself, and he’ll likely wind up accepting the room exception of about $2.8 million.

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