Manu Ginobili Signs Two-Year Extension With Spurs

1:16 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
  • Veteran guard Manu Ginobili agreed to a two-year extension with the Spurs on Wednesday. (Photo: Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports)
    
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(USA Today) -- San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili reached a two-year deal with the team, he announced on Twitter on Wednesday.

Ginobili, 35, has been a key member of the Spurs off the bench and will remain an important figure along with big man Tim Duncan and guard Tony Parker.

He averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds last season, but Ginobili struggled at times during the postseason and contemplated retirement in a dark moment after a poor performance against the Miami Heat in Game 4 in the Finals.

He rebounded with a 24-point, 10-assist performance in Game 5, cleared his head after the season and decided to play at least two more seasons.

While Ginobili is on the downside of a fine career (possible Hall of Famer?), he still has a lot to offer on the court and in the locker room. He is a perfect guide for young players such as Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.

Plus, Ginobili, who is one of two players (Bill Bradley is the other) to win an NBA championship, an Olympic gold medalist and a Euroleague title, is beloved in San Antonio, and the deal works for both the Spurs and Ginobili.

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