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Retirement on hold: At 40 years old, Manu Ginobili returning to Spurs

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Retirement on hold: At 40 years old, Manu Ginobili returning to Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili is returning for his 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine guard Thursday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons, joining Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and John Havlicek.

Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season, In 992 career regular-season games, he has averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. In 213 playoff games, the four-time NBA champion has averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

Wild NBA offseason: Taking inventory of the Warriors' top competition

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Wild NBA offseason: Taking inventory of the Warriors' top competition

Now that the Cavs have finally traded Kyrie Irving, we have a pretty clear idea of what every roster will look like heading into the 2017-18 season.

Of course, things could change if the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony and/or Dwyane Wade and the Bulls agree to a buyout.

The Warriors are considered the heavy favorites to win back-to-back titles, but many teams improved (some significantly) this summer.

Let's take a look at the projected rotations for Golden State's top competition:

ROCKETS
James Harden
Chris Paul
Trevor Ariza
Ryan Anderson
Clint Capela

Bench: Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nene, Tarik Black

SPURS
Patty Mills
Danny Green
Kawhi Leonard
LaMarcus Aldridge
Pau Gasol

Bench: Dejounte Murray, Tony Parker (unclear when he will return from injury), Manu Ginobili (reportedly coming back), Rudy Gay, Kyle Anderson

THUNDER
Russell Westbrook
Andre Roberson
Paul George
Patrick Patterson
Steven Adams

Bench: Raymond Felton, Doug McDermott, Alex Abrines, Jerami Grant, Enes Kanter

TIMBERWOLVES
Jeff Teague
Jimmy Butler
Andrew Wiggins
Gorgui Deng
Karl-Anthony Towns

Bench: Jamal Crawford, Tyus Jones, Nemanja Bjelica, Taj Gibson, Cole Aldrich

CAVALIERS
Isaiah Thomas
J.R. Smith
LeBron James
Kevin Love
Tristan Thompson

Bench: Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Richard Jefferson, Jeff Green, Channing Frye

CELTICS
Kyrie Irving
Gordon Hayward
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Morris
Al Horford

Bench: Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes, Guerschon Yabusele

We'll be nice and include two more teams...

WIZARDS
John Wall
Bradley Beal
Otto Porter Jr.
Markieff Morris
Marcin Gortat

Bench: Tim Frazier, Kelly Oubre, Jodie Meeks, Tomas Satoransky, Jason Smith, Ian Mahinmi

RAPTORS
Kyle Lowry
DeMar DeRozan
C.J. Miles
Serge Ibaka
Jonas Valanciunas

Bench: Delon Wright, Norman Powell, Bruno Caboclo, Jakob Poeltl, , Lucas Nogueira

Who is the biggest threat to the Warriors in the Western Conference?

Do the Celtics have a legitimate shot of taking down the Cavs in the East?

Oct. 17 can't get here soon enough...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Kings free agent forward agrees to terms with Spurs

Kings free agent forward agrees to terms with Spurs

Update (6:57 p.m.): The Spurs officially signed Rudy Gay, as the team announced on their Twitter page

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Rudy Gay opted out of $14 million on his final year of his contract with the Sacramento Kings to become a free agent. The veteran small forward will make a lot less money with his new team. 

On Thursday, Gay reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Spurs, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Gay's deal is for $17 million-plus over the two years, and it includes a player option. 

In the 2016-17 season, Gay averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

He only appeared in 30 games after rupturing his left Achilles on Jan. 18 against the Pacers.