He turns 40 at the end of July. His retirement, whether it comes next summer or the one after or maybe never, will signal the end of the scrappy 2000s, where global players began to truly take the Association by storm, and where one of the most unorthodox stars of all time shimmied, shook, and Eurostepped his way into basketball lore. The two-time All-Star averaged a career-low 7.5 points and 18.7 minutes in 69 games last season.
Gasol signed a two-year deal with the Spurs last summer worth over $30 million, with the second year being a player option for $16.2 million.
While Tim Duncan was the superstar player in San Antonio for the Spurs for almost 20 years, the Spurs don't win four more NBA Championships without Ginobili's contribution.
Considered one of the creators of San Antonio's culture of selflessness, Ginobili, for 15 seasons, has wowed crowds with an array of unconventional moves, clever passes, and arguably the league's most unsafe Eurostep, all while playing with a relentlessness that bordered on recklessness.
Praise Popovich, for Manu is coming back.
Ginobili has won four National Basketball Association championships with the Silver and Black since he joined the team as a 25-year-old rookie in 2002. Having him back for another season is great for the Spurs' quest to compete for another title. Last season he became the first player age 39 or older to score 20 or more points off the bench in a playoff game since 1970. "But that's not what is going to make me retire or not". That final game in San Antonio acted as somewhat of a celebration for what the Argentinian did for San Antonio.