Ginobili says he'll be returning to Spurs

NEW ORLEANS LA- JANUARY 27 San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili looks to pass the ball against New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the against the San Antonio Spurs at Smoothie King Ce

He turns 40 at the end of July.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN‏ is reporting that Manu Ginobili and the Spurs are finalizing details on a new contract.

While many of us were applauding the fantastic 15-year National Basketball Association career of San Antonio Spurs sixth man Manu Ginobili during Game 4 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals, he didn't exactly say that he was calling it a career. Ginobili averaged 7.5 points in 18.7 minutes a season ago.

The Spurs are also working to finalize a new deal with free-agent center Pau Gasol, league sources said. In 15 seasons with the Spurs, the native of Argentina ranks in the top five in franchise history in points (13,467), games (992), assists (3,835) and steals (1,349).

Ginobili was drafted late in the second round in the 1999 NBA Draft, but played his first season in 2002. This is one of those plays that San Antonio Spurs fans won't soon forget. Playing in 69 games, he also averaged 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals.

But that's not the moment we're talking about here, the one that let us know Ginobili still has it.

Manu Ginobili isn't ready to call it a career just yet.

Ginobili's value is now felt more off the court than on it. No player in the modern era had embraced the sixth man role like Ginobili did for head coach Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. He had one of the highlights of the post-season, blocking James Harden's potential game-winning 3-pointer in Game 5 of the Western Conference semi-finals.

Then, in the conference finals, Ginobili pulled together two of his best postseason outings over the past three years.