38-year old shooting guard Manu Ginobili has opted out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs, so he has become an unrestricted free agent. That was smart of Ginobili, because if he comes back to the Spurs, he deserves a raise. He was set to make only $2.94 million bucks in 2016-17. Ginobili played in 58 games (0 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 19.6 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Ginobili also played in 10 games (0 starts) for the Spurs last year in the playoffs and he averaged 19.2 minutes, 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Ginobili has now played in 923 games (349 starts) in his 14 years with the Spurs and he has averaged 26.3 minutes, 14.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He also has played in 197 games (52 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs in which has has averaged 28.9 minutes, 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Ginobili has only been an NBA All-Star twice with the Spurs, but he has helped them win 4 NBA Championships! Ginobili is currently the Spurs’ all-time leader in three pointers made with 1,342 of them. He is also #4 in games played (923), #5 in defensive rebounds (2,760), #7 in total rebounds (3,398), #5 in assists (3,655), #2 in steals (1,267) and #5 in points scored (12,950) in Spurs’ history!
I have a feeling that Ginobili will either retire or return to the Spurs for the 2016-17 season. I have a hard time seeing him playing for any team other than the Spurs!
UPDATE: (7/14/2016) – The Spurs have re-signed Manu Ginobili to a 1-year, $14 million dollar deal.