MANU Ginobili is pushing back retirement plans for another year as the four-time NBA champion is in the final stages of a deal that will have him back with the San Antonio Spurs for his 16th season in the league.
League sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Ginobili, who turns 40 next week, is leaning toward playing another year despite averaging a career-low 7.5 points in under 19 minutes a game for 69 games with the Spurs last season.
He made $14 million under his contract last season, and details of a new deal have not been disclosed as of posting time.
The three-time NBA All-Star guard from Argentina is one of the most accomplished players in international basketball, winning an Olympic gold medal and a Euroleague MVP in his career. In the NBA, he has played 992 regular season games and 212 in the playoffs.
Despite the huge dip in scoring, Ginobili still managed to shoot 39.2 percent from beyond the arc on more than three attempts per game. He also turned up his production in the playoffs, particularly against the Warriors in the West conference finals where he averaged 14 points on 59 percent from the field, despite losing all four games.
Meanwhile, sources added that the Spurs are also working on a new deal with Pau Gasol, who declined his option for the 2017-2018 season.