Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News reported Saturday that veteran guard Manu Ginobili is expected to announce his return for the 2018-19 season, possibly within the next few days.
Manu Ginobili has yet to say whether he’ll return for his 17th season with the Spurs or end his storied career as one of basketball’s preeminent goodwill ambassadors.
But there is rising speculation that Ginobili will be back with the only NBA franchise he’s played for since he joined the Silver and Black as a 25-year-old rookie in 2002.
The 41-year-old Ginobili, who is under contract for $2.5 million next season, proved that he was still able to produce in 2017-18. He appeared in 65 games and averaged 8.9 points and 2.5 assists in a mere 20.0 minutes a night.
DeRozan is currently participating in a three-day minicamp with USA Basketball in preparations for the 2020 Olympics. DeRozan spoke to the media on Thursday and made it clear that he’s a huge fan of Manu Ginobili and hopes that Ginobili returns to the team for another season.