The biggest question mark hanging over the Spurs in the offseason now that many top free agents have signed with teams is whether Manu Ginobili will return to San Antonio or head into retirement.
Ginobili's countryman, former soccer star Diego Maradona, has no doubts about which way this is going.
He told the Argentinian website Clarin:
"Manu is my good friend. It is not known yet, but he's staying with the Spurs for two more years doing an academy, then coming back to Argentina."
Ginobili is an unrestricted free agent and could sign with any team, but he's widely expected to remain with the Spurs or retire.
He played this past season on a one-year, $14 million contract after the Philadelphia 76ers, seeking veteran leadership, made him a big offer, forcing the Spurs to pay up. He had earned just $2.814 million the previous year.
Neither Ginobili nor the Spurs have had any comment on his plans or the potential for a new deal.
Ginobili's older brother, Sebastian, will be serving as a Spurs assistant coach with the NBA Summer League team this month.
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