Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Veteran guard Ginobili says he's returning

BAHIA BLANCA, Argentina — Manu Ginobili said he is coming back for a 15th NBA season.

Ginobili made the announcement on his personal blog Sunday. The shooting guard turns 39 this month and declared himself a free agent last month after declining a player option for 2016-17 with the Spurs.

Ginobili didn't say if he would be back in San Antonio, though it has been widely presumed that if he continued playing, he would stay with the Spurs. He did say he would have more news to share soon.

"The most important news to tell you is I am determined to continue playing in the NBA," Ginobili wrote in his native Spanish.

He has spent all of his NBA career with San Antonio, where it's unclear if Tim Duncan will return for what would be a 20th season. Ginobili averaged 9.6 points last season and shot 39 percent from 3-point range.

He missed 12 games in February and March while recovering from surgery after getting kneed in the groin area.

"I had a great time during the season and except for the 'small' February incident was healthy at all times," Ginobili wrote. "I definitely want to continue enjoying the basketball a little more."

DURANT NEAR DECISION: Kevin Durant plans to decide where he will continue his career by today, reported. The forward, 27, met with the Heat on Sunday after meeting with the Thunder, Warriors, Spurs, Celtics and Clippers. Oklahoma City, where Durant has played all nine seasons, requested another meeting with the former MVP.

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS: Guard Jamal Crawford, 36, will return to the Clippers on a three-year, $42 million deal. … Point guard Rajon Rondo, 30, verbally agreed to a two-year deal with the Bulls worth $30 million. … The Timberwolves agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract with Cole Aldrich, 27, a native of the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington. … Guard Tyler Johnson, 24, who was undrafted two years ago, agreed to sign a $50 million, four-year offer sheet with the Nets. … Power forward Andrew Nicholson, 26, agreed to a $26 million, four-year contract with the Wizards. Washington also acquired point guard Trey Burke, 23, from the Jazz for a 2021 second-round draft pick and agreed to a $9 million, three-year contract with Czech guard Tomas Satoransky, 24. … Guard Garrett Temple, 30, accepted a $24 million, three-year contract offer from the Kings.

Veteran guard Ginobili says he's returning 07/03/16 [Last modified: Sunday, July 3, 2016 9:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. DeSean Jackson's 'Ferrari engine' brings him to first Bucs camp


    TAMPA — When the Bucs signed Pro Bowl WR DeSean Jackson, in the offseason, QB Jameis Winston said his new target was "a Bentley with a Ferrari engine," a nod to Jackson's 5-foot-10 frame but elite speed.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson sits for an interview while on camera with NFL Films.   HBO's NFL Films production of "Hard Knocks" documented a day in the life of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson with his family at their home in Tampa on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
  2. What you should know about new Rays slugger Lucas Duda


    The MLB trade deadline is a few days away, but the Rays aren't procrastinating. Earlier today, they swung a deal for the Mets' Lucas Duda, sending minor league right-hander Drew Smith

    Slugger Lucas Duda will add some (more) power to the Rays lineup.
  3. Rays add a bat, too, acquiring Lucas Duda from Mets


    The Rays made another big move today, acquiring 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets.

    Duda, 31, is a lefty slugger who will take over as the Rays primary DH against right-handers, with Corey Dickerson now playing most of the time in the outfield.

    To get Duda, the Rays gave up minor-league RHP Drew Smith, …

    The Rays acquired 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets.
  4. Bucs do their best to stiff-arm the expectations


    TAMPA — If you want to see a team giving the Heisman trophy stiff-arm to expectations, check out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    As always, the key to the Bucs success will be Jameis Winston. He still is only 23, but a charismatic leader that this team and this town believes deeply in. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  5. A trip down memory lane of Bucs' preseason expectations


    With HBO's Hard Knocks in town and the Bucs opening training camp Friday with their highest expectations in a decade, here's a look back at Tampa Bay's preseason expectations since their last playoff appearance in 2007 — and the results.


    Jameis Winston and running back Peyton Barber celebrate a touchdown last season against the 49ers. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]