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Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs may decide to come back next season instead of retiring. After the Spurs was knocked out of the NBA 2017 playoffs, the 39-year-old NBA veteran revealed that he would take some time to decide if he will come back next season or retire.
“There is no secret, for sure. It’s getting harder and harder. But I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels,” Ginobili said, as reported by ESPN.
“Whatever I decide to do, I’ll be a happy camper. I have to choose between two wonderful, truly wonderful options. One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love. The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my family.”
It has been a month since Manu Ginobili made those comments. However, the man from Bahía Blanca, Argentina is yet to announce what’s next for him.
Manu Ginobili to decide future over coming months
Meanwhile, Sepo Ginobili, Manu’s brother, recently said that the 39-year-old will decide on his NBA future over the coming months. This is if Manu feels he could become useful to the team. “Manu will decide over the coming months. If he can help and be useful to the team, he will continue,” Sepo said to ESPN radio in Argentina, as reported by San Antonio Express-News.
If Manu Ginobili decides to make a comeback next year, he would likely sign a smaller deal. This is according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, who believes that the 39-year-old will be returning for his 16th season with San Antonio. “There have been positive indications recently that Ginobili, 39, is leaning toward returning for his 16th season with San Antonio. But, no final decision has been made, league sources said,” Wojnarowski wrote.
Last season, Ginobili was a $14 million cap hit and is an unrestricted free agent this summer. The 15-year NBA veteran averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.3 rebounds during the 2016-17 regular season.
Spurs likely to bring back Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol is likely to play for the San Antonio Spurs next season, but on a new contract. It has to be noted that Gasol declined his $16.2 million player option for next season. However, he was expected to work with the team on a longer deal to stay with the team.
The 36-year-old NBA veteran, who averaged 12.4 ppg with 6.8 rpg during his first season with the team, was an All-Star player with the Chicago Bulls for the last two seasons. The Spurs is his fourth NBA team. Hence, rather than relocating, it could give him an opportunity to play for another shot at a championship.