Fresh off scoring the biggest free agent on the market, the Spurs have one more piece of business to attend to. LaMarcus Aldridge has left Portland for San Antonio, and Tim Duncan has announced that he’ll be back. But Manu Ginobili’s future is still unknown. He’s said that he will announce his future plans in the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion sometime in the near future, and according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Spurs are internally optimistic that he’ll be back for another year.
After signing LaMarcus Aldridge, the San Antonio Spurs are even more determined to try to convince Manu Ginobili to play one more season, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Building roster depth is a prime concern for the Spurs after committing all of their available salary-cap space to Aldridge and the returning Danny Green, with limited flexibility to pursue Indiana Pacers free agent David West and re-sign the likes of Tim Duncan and Ginobili.
Ginobili has long planned to reveal his decision about continuing his career in the newspaper La Nacion in his native Argentina. Sources say the Spurs remain quietly optimistic that Ginobili will ultimately opt for one more season.
With or without Ginobili, the addition of Aldridge has ensured that the Spurs are well set up to contend now and into the future. But having the future Hall of Famer back for a final year would add depth and bring some closure to an era that saw four titles in San Antonio.