Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA Notebook: Ginobili Returning to Spurs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA Notebook: Ginobili Returning to Spurs

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Ginobili returning to Spurs

Manu Ginobili says he is returning to the San Antonio Spurs for a 14th season.

Ginobili made the announcement on Twitter on Monday. The Argentinian will turn 38 later this month and is coming off of a season in which he battled several injuries.

Ginobili averaged 10.5 points in 70 games, his lowest scoring average since his rookie season.

But the Spurs need his experience, versatility and playmaking to bolster the depth on a roster that is a little thin following some big expenditures in free agency.

The Spurs have agreed to terms with LaMarcus Aldridge on a four- year, $80 million contract, Kawhi Leonard on a five-year, $90 million deal and Danny Green on a four-year, $45 million deal in the past week.

Also, veteran forward David West will join San Antonio for the league's minimum of $1.4 million, a person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

West walked away from a $12 million payday with the Indiana Pacers to chase a title with the Spurs in his 13th NBA season. He spent the previous four seasons in Indiana.

Marc Gasol staying in Memphis * A person with direct knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that All-Star center Marc Gasol has agreed to terms on a five-year for more than $100 million to stay with Memphis.

The 7-foot-1 Spaniard is coming off the best season of his seven- year NBA career, earning a starting spot in the All-Star game. He also became the first Grizzlies player voted to the All-NBA first team .

Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.62 blocks this past season.

Barea stays in Dallas * J.J. Barea is returning to Dallas after considering a move to Miami in free agency.

A source told the AP that Barea has agreed to terms with the Mavericks.

The deal is reportedly for two years and $5. …

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