When the Spurs hit free agency on July 1, it’s widely expected that Tim Duncan will be back in the fold for at least one more year, and that they’ll make serious pushes for top-tier free agents LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol. But one other domino that has to fall for San Antonio is the future of Manu Ginobili. When the time comes for him to announce whether he’ll return or retire, it will be in a newspaper in his native Argentina.
Spurs fans anxious to know if Manu Ginobili will be back for another season may want to brush up on their Spanish and bookmark the website for the Argentine newspaper, ‘La Nacion.’
The 37-year-old guard on Sunday told the Express-News he will announce his decision in a self-written sports column in ‘La Nacion’ “when the time comes.”
Presumably, that time will be before he hits the free agent market at the stroke of midnight, EDT, on Tuesday.
That could go any number of ways. If Duncan is returning for another year, there’s a reasonable chance Ginobili will as well. Both Duncan and Ginobili will probably take salaries that are well below what they made last season (Ginobili made $7 million), so San Antonio will have the space to go after free agents as well as re-signing Danny Green and, most importantly, Kawhi Leonard.