Manu Ginobili has announced his return at San Antonio Spurs on Monday.
The 37-year-old tweeted, “Happy to announce that I’m coming back next season.”
Earlier, Ginobili said that his decision regarding re-signing for the Spurs depends on Tim Duncan’s confirmation. Duncan on Thursday agreed to return at San Antonio for his 19th season in NBA.
The Spurs, after roping in most sought after forward LaMarcus Aldridge from free agency, were desperate to convince Ginobili for one more season, according to ESPN. The Spurs were quietly optimistic about Ginobili’s decision going in their favor.
The aging star is on a decline statistically but coach Gregg Popovich still wanted him back in the roster for the 14th season with Spurs. The experience of his long career and versatility of play-making makes him desirable as the club is eying their 2nd title in three years.
Earlier the Argentinian, who battled several injuries last season, was thinking about retirement after the Spurs were eked out by Los Angeles Clippers in the deciding game 7 of their Western Conference playoff series. Ginobili recorded a career low 34.1 % success in shooting in that series. But in 2014-15, the veteran scored 5 times per 100 ball possessions, which is his career highest.
Ginobili has averaged 14.3 points throughout his career in the regular season. His average post-season is slightly better, 15.2
David West also confirmed to play for Spurs in the coming season.