In the interim, both West and Ginobili kept their options open by opting out of their contracts with the Spurs, according to reports. Neither has taken retirement off the table.
Ginobili had a Wednesday deadline to make a decision on his player option. Ginobili, 38, is leaning toward playing next season and returning to the Spurs under a new contract, sources said.
He was set to make $2.8 million next season (his opting out leaves the Spurs with a $5.6 million cap hold. The Spurs can pay him whatever they want; it may come down to how much cap space they have.
Ginobili will spend his summer in Brazil, playing for his native Argentina in the Rio Olympics. He had a bounce-back season with the Spurs averaging 9.6 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 rebounds in just less than 20 minutes a night.
West is not going to Rio, but aside that he is following the same path.
If Duncan returns, I’d expect to see both West and Ginobili playing for the Spurs (a team expected to be aggressive in free agency). If not, Ginobili will either re-sign or retire, it’s hard to picture him anywhere else. West will have a lot of teams calling, who couldn’t use his rock-solid veteran presence.