The ageless wonder, Manu Ginobili, is returning to the San Antonio Spurs after signing a two-year, $5 million deal on Thursday, according to ESPN. The deal was first reported by The Vertical and confirmed on Twitter by The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Ginobili, 40, returning to San Antonio on a fully guaranteed two-year deal. https://t.co/YOcdy5cyyg
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 24, 2017
Ginobili has spent his entire career with the Spurs, something that seems to happen every once in a while in the sports world. His 16th and 17th seasons will both be with the team now that a deal has been reached, making him only the eighth NBA player to do so according to ESPN.
The Spurs organization is one of the classiest in all of sports, and it isn’t surprising that Ginobili’s teammate Tony Parker and former teammate Tim Duncan are two of the other seven NBA players that accomplished the same level of loyalty.
Ginobili, 40, has become a fan-favorite for the Spurs and across the game of basketball. His reach is not contained to the United States, or even his home country of Argentina. Rather, he has become a world-renowned player that is the ideal definition of unselfishness.
He has averaged 13.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 992 career games for the Spurs, and he is equal parts humor and seriousness on and off the court.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Ginobili’s career is that he has only started 349 of the 992 career games over 15 seasons, yet is still loved as if he started every game of his career.
Hopefully the next two seasons with the Spurs generate the same energy and excitement that has accumulated over the rest of Ginobili’s career, and not a degeneration of the man that so many love.