Manu Ginobili will be back in San Antonio for a 15th season -- this we knew. Now we know for how much. The Vertical's Shams Charania reported today that Manu's deal with be for one year and $14 million.
It's been almost two weeks since Ginobili announced through his blog that he wouldn't be retiring, but curiously absent from his post was any mention of returning to play with the Spurs. Those doubts were alleviated a few days later with this tweet, which came on the same day of reports that the 39-year-old had turned down a bigger offer to play elsewhere.
That team and offer are now rumored to have been the Philadelphia 76ers for $30 million over two years (the second, partially guaranteed). There was always a feeling that Manu's price wouldn't be an issue if he indeed decided to continue playing, but the Sixers may have put a temporary spanner in the works with their tripling of San Antonio's original offer.
The Argentinean, who had a very efficient year in 2015-16 playing at a bargain deal of $2.8 million, declined his 2016-17 player option (for a little under $3 million) earlier this summer. Since the Spurs have Ginobili's full Bird rights, they were able to exceed the salary cap to offer him more money.
It's been a busy day for the Spurs front office, as deals were also finalized for Pau Gasol, Dewayne Dedmon and draft pick Dejounte Murray, among others.