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Manu Ginobili reaches two-year deal to stay with Spurs

Jul 3, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

Did you really expect any other outcome?

This is a two-year deal worth $14 million total reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. That is a half his salary of last season.

At what will be age 36 next season, we can continue to expect less production by the Argentinian legend, we can expect his role to shrink (much of that slack picked up by Kawhi Leonard).

But Ginobili was never going anywhere.

He is a big part of what the Spurs do and for two more seasons you can expect Manu and Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to be underestimated yet show up with unequaled execution every night. They made it all the way to the NBA Finals after having the second best regular season record in the league last season, you thought they would break this up?

Ginobili scored 11.8 points a game last season, his lowest average since his rookie year, and he shot just 42.5 percent. He also sat out 22 games, some due to injury and some so he could rest. You saw him struggle at points in the Finals against the athletic and aggressive defense of the Heat.

But he still can make clever passes and he can still have games like Game 5 of the Finals, when he had 24 points and 10 assists to get the Spurs a key win.

  1. pmx8411 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Can’t see him playing for any other team..drafted by the Spurs he should retire as a Spur

    • florida727 - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Has there ever been a more drama-free, unassuming star in the NBA? Seeing this article is the first time I even heard his contract was up. I’m not a Spurs fan, so maybe there’s more chatter about this guy in San Antonio, but he sure seems “quiet” when it comes to anything off the court.

  2. jtbsteeler - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    He and Leonard choked, and disappointed most of America.

    • pmx8411 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      no freethrows no rings

      • bucrightoff - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        You’re right. You can’t make free throws when the refs miss obvious foul calls at the end of overtime that they would have made had LeBron been driving and not Manu.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Both leonard and ginobili could have ended it in game 6..ask d rose how important free throws are

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        no lift on that jumper late in the playoffs, he can only give you 15-20
        minutes and back to back off.

    • azarkhan - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      LOL Yeah, because free throws are automatic. In fact, I hear the NBA is thinking of doing away with them and just giving the points. PS: Next time try to make an intelligent comment.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Kawhi Leonard was amazing in the Finals. You can’t possibly think that missing one free throw means he cost the Spurs the championship.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        I didn’t say it cost then the championship…

        But it certainly didn’t help then win it.

  3. vikes69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    hes too old, if you pay him more than 2 million per year this is a huge mistake with so many other quality free agents

  4. sportsnut101 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Hope it’s for little as possible he has declined big time. All thos international games take a toll

    2 yr 8 mill total

  5. footballgod87 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Manu traveled

    • pmx8411 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      YUP..then the foul…tired of arguing with fools

      • toppusdoggus - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Like the NBA calls travelling when someone is driving? And in the last minute of the game? You must be watching reruns of the league from the 70s. Today you can quit dribbling after you cross midcourt so long as you’re driving to the basket. And if you’re LeBron you don’t even have to go that far.

    • bucrightoff - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      If you’re a Heat fan, odds are rather strong you had already left the building and/or vacated your neighbors trailer by that point, so how could you even see that play?

      • k3nn3k - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        oh so that must mean your a Heat fan since you actually watched the play? Because according to you EVERY Heat fan left before that happened. You heard it hear everyone bucrightoff is a HEAT fan!

        And yet you still haven’t admitted that the travel happened before any contact so if you really want the refs to call everything correctly it still would have been Miami ball. So get over it, check ball, and play on!

  6. lbroberts123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Manu took 18 bajillion steps. Quite crying. Manu needs to retire. He’s too old and has become a turnover machine. He had one good game out of 7… Not good odds.

    • ccshocktalk - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      How about you learn how to spell before you criticize someone.

      How did Manu become a turn over machine, genius? He has averaged between 1.4 and 2.7 turn overs a season for his entire career. Last year was a mediocre year for him at 2.2 turnovers, hardly his worst season so why would you call for him to retire now? That’s just dumb.

      • kinggw - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        He called for him to retire because he’ll be 36 years old in three weeks and out of 20+ playoff games for the Spurs this postseason, he had good games in about 3 or 4 of them.

        It’s not disrespectful or a slight to Ginobili to suggest he should hang them up. He plays hard, but it doesnt take a rocket scientist to see that he’s on the decline and is a shell of his former self.

      • lbroberts123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        I can spell just fine. I was using my phone and auto-correct changed it. I say he has become a turnover machine because his turnover stats for all seven games were 1, 3, 2, 1, 3, 8, and 4. So he had only two games with 1 turnover and zero games without any. That’s a 3.14 average for the playoffs. It’s no secret he has declined as he has gotten older. They should have explored different options.

      • ccshocktalk - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        LeBron James had over 20 turn overs in his first NBA finals, what’s your point? Is Manu older, yes. Is he worse than ever? That’s to be determined next year You cant look at this year and be like, well, he’s toast. so long sucker!

        He can still be a factor in that team off the bench just like he was this year. When Manu is on he’s on, when he’s off then ding dong needs to pull him from the game.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    And all is right with the NBA world. It’s only right Manu re-signs with the Spurs. Nice to know some franchises stay loyal. *eyes glaring directly at Boston*

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Spurs had the 3rd best record in the NBA. I know it’s easy to forget about the Thunder’s disappointing season but come on, they won 60 games.

  9. kanemoney - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Manu lost the finals for the spurs. I don’t agree with this move. It’s time to move on.

    • florida727 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Here I thought it was a TEAM game. Wow. I missed that.

  10. mogogo1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I’ve been a huge fan of his for years, but he’s reaching the end and had a BRUTAL finals save that one game. Tons of bad turnovers, couldn’t hit shots, etc.

  11. pinhead2 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Manu or Leonard or free throws didn’t cost Spurs championship. Heat held on by a thread and then took it. You can blame any one instance but it was no such thing, it was a missed rebound, a very tough Ray Allen 3, and so forth. That game 6 was a heartbreaker for any spurs fan (like me), but if that was the Spurs’ swan song, they did not embarrass themselves.

    With Spurs nowadays it’s all about managing minutes, and Ginobili can still give you good, smart minutes and teach Leonard and the other up-and-comers in S.A. along with Duncan and Parker. Plus, the guy has brought you rings and fame – it’s not 100% about what you can get instead of him! You pay him, and you pay him well, and nobody on this board can value intangibles as well as Pop and Spurs management.

  12. ambitoos - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    This team will die of old age in San Antonio. The only organization with loyalty and stability left in the NBA.

  13. txnative61 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    At half pay and half the minutes he may be worth it, but some of his passes in the finals were absolutely terrible. I don’t know why, but it was painful to watch, and hard to see Pops keep putting him out there when he is that bad. Maybe its just international play and the very long season fatigue, but more of that Manu would be a disappointing way to end his career.

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