With Tony Parker whisked away to the Charlotte Hornets and Kawhi Leonard on the Toronto Raptors, Manu Ginobili is one of the longest-tenured players on the San Antonio Spurs. But for how long?
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped an unexpected Woj bomb this morning about Manu Ginobili possibly retiring this offseason:
Story filed to ESPN: No final decision yet, but San Antonio's Manu Ginobili is seriously considering retirement and will meet with coach Gregg Popovich in coming days to discuss future.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 22, 2018
The 41-year-old has had a long and fruitful career with the Spurs, winning 4 titles, being named to 2 All-Star teams and winning the 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year award.
Manu Ginobili is an NBA legend at this point, and he will likely be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when his eligibility comes up. Currently 5th all-time in San Antonio Spurs history in win shares, behind only “The Iceman” George Gervin, Tony Parker, “The Admiral” David Robinson and Tim Duncan, Ginobili is certainly a Spurs icon, and one who will be remembered for generations.
Even in his age-40 season, Ginobili was extremely productive in a limited role off the bench, putting up per-game totals of 8.9 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 20 minutes a game. He also still had plenty left in the tank for these amazing highlights (remember Manu was 40 last season):
Though Ginobili’s decision is still up in the air, according to Wojnarowski, no matter what happens, he will forever be a Spurs legend. Though the team has some new faces for next season — most notably DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl — Ginobili’s efforts in San Antonio will forever be remembered via clutch shots like these:
This is still a developing story, as Ginobili has yet to meet with Gregg Popovich to discuss his future with the team, which is slated to happen in the coming days.