ESPN.com reported earlier Thursday that the Spurs were planning to sign Ginobili to a one-year deal in the $10 million range, but sources say that a two-year offer from the Philadelphia 76ers worth an estimated $30 million -- though only partially guaranteed in Year 2 -- convinced the Spurs to raise their offer to the Argentinean.
Ginobili decided to return to the San Antonio Spurs for a one-year-deal worth $14 million. Last season, Ginobili averaged 9.6 points per game and shot 39.1 percent from beyond the arc in almost 20 minutes a night.
The Vertical's Shams Charania reported today that the Spurs had resigned Manu Ginobili to a one year, $14 million deal. Sources tell me the reason the Spurs had to go so far financially on that one-year deal is because of a real dogged pursuit by the Philadelphia 76ers. League sources told me [they] offered a guaranteed deal over two years, that would have guaranteed Ginobili in the first year between $16-17 million.
The Spurs initial offer for Ginobili was for around $3 million. It forced San Antonio to have to raise their offer, and it ultimately helped cost San Antonio Boban Marjanovic.
Philadelphia's coach Brett Brown has a long history with Ginobili, he coached him in San Antonio under Gregg Popovich for over a decade, and the 76ers really had Ginobili's attention because of the wide financial gulf between the two offers, but San Antonio was not going to let Ginobili end his career anywhere else.
Wow, it was a great offer, but Manu decided to stay and finish his career with the San Antonio Spurs.
We'll watch him one more year at least, and he will try to win the NBA Championship first time without his friend and teammate Tim Duncan, who announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday after 19 seasons.
The Spurs have Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, but is that enough for the Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant?