Manu Ginobili 'seriously considering retirement,' ESPN report says

Ginobili has not committed to 17th season with the Spurs

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SAN ANTONIO – Manu Ginobili's playing days with the Spurs could be coming to an end, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski reported that Ginobili is "seriously considering retirement" and will meet with head coach Gregg Popovich in the coming days to discuss his future.

Popovich had been in Europe participating in the Basketball Without Borders event in Serbia.  

No final decision has been made, but Ginobili, 41, has reportedly not made a commitment for training camp, which is about a month away.

If Ginobili were to retire, it would be the end of a historic run with the franchise. Ginobili has been with the Spurs for 16 seasons and won four championships.

He is one of the most beloved players, if not the most beloved, in Spurs history.

It would also be the end of the Spurs "Big Three" era, after Tony Parker departed this offseason in free agency. Ginobili, Parker and franchise icon Tim Duncan are the winningest trio in NBA history.

Ginobili is under contract for another season with the Spurs.

Wojnarowski's report said Ginobili has been working out at the practice facility and the team is giving him all the time he needs to make his decision.

Ginobili played well and remained relatively healthy last season for San Antonio. He played in 65 games and averaged nine points and 20 minutes per game.

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