Will Manu Ginobili Retire This Offseason?

April 24, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) shakes hands with general manager R.C. Buford after game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.