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Report: Manu Ginobili could soon make a major decision on his NBA future

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-23 21:35:09

After 16 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Manu Ginobili is seriously considering retirement this summer, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The veteran guard is planning to meet with Gregg Popovich in the coming days to discuss his future and come to a decision.

The 41-year-old is still undecided but sources told Woj that he's strongly thinking about bringing his illustrious career to an end.

Popovich, who is currently in Europe at an NBA event, will travel back to San Antonio to hold talks with the Argentine.

End of an era

Ginobili has enjoyed a historic 16 seasons in the NBA with the Spurs where he won four championships.

The Spurs are hopeful that he'll continue to play for a 17th year but will allow him all the time he needs to make his choice.

The two-time All-Star still has a year left on his contract, which is worth $2.5 million.

His departure will truly signal an end of an era for San Antonio after Tony Parker left to join the Charlotte Hornets in free agency and both Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were traded to the Toronto Raptors.

Ginobili is currently the last remaining player of the historic big three after Tim Duncan retired two years ago.

After the Spurs suffered elimination in the first round of the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors in May, he said he wouldn't make a quick decision but admitted that retirement was an option.

"I've been contemplating retirement forever," he told reporters, according to Bleacher Report.

"Nothing changed. I'll let a month or two months go by, and then I'll see how I feel.

"I'm not the type of guy that makes decisions on the fly, or when you're upset or hurt or whatever. I usually let it sink in and see how it feels."

It now looks as if enough time has passed and he's ready to inform the franchise of his decision soon.

Revelation

Manu will go down as one of the best international players in NBA history after enjoying incredible success since being drafted into the league in 1999.

He was selected in the second round with the 57th pick and is arguably the biggest steal of all time.

If the shooting guard does retire, he'll bow out with a resume that includes two rings, two All-Star appearances, two All-NBA selections and a Sixth Man of the Year award.

Ginobili also enjoyed huge success in Europe and led his native Argentina to a Gold Medal in the 2004 Olympics.

Having spent his entire career with the Spurs, he'll go down as one of the greatest players in the team's history and a place in the Hall of Fame awaits him.

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