San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Manu Ginobili Returns, David West Agrees To Free Agent Contract After LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan

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Jul 06, 2015 08:52 PM EDT
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David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers prepares to shoot a free throw against the Dallas Mavericks on March 29, 2015 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana."

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to sign David West to a minimum free agent deal following deals with LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green in free agency and this comes as Manu Ginobili has announced that he will return for another season, while Tim Duncan is signing a new deal for Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs made a splash with LaMarcus Aldridge coming to San Antonio from the Blazers and now they are adding another veteran in West. According to David Aldridge at NBA.com, West is set to sign a veteran minimum deal for San Antonio, with sources reporting he has "agreed to terms" with the Spurs. West previously opted out of his deal with the Indiana Pacers and that would have paid him over $12 million.

West is signing for a $1.4 million this season and it comes after he averaged 11 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers last year. West played 28 minutes per game for the Pacers and while he will play less than that for the Spurs, he gives the team a deep bench behind Aldridge and Tim Duncan. The Spurs brought back Danny Green on a deal before signing Aldridge and the team also agreed to a max extension with Kawhi Leonard.

Ginobili went to Twitter to announce that he will be playing next season and he comes in at 38 for San Antonio. Technically Ginobili is a free agent, but the Spurs are expecting to bring Ginobili back with no issues. Ginobili had limited minutes last season and averaged 10 points and four assists, but he is an integral part of the Spurs roster. West gives the team a veteran up front and he is pushing to win a championship after leaving Indiana.

San Antonio has locked up their future for years and also have the chance to make a title run this season. Aldridge is the big snag for San Antonio and the team was one of the favorites to sign him after Aldridge had meetings with the Lakers, Rockets, Suns and Raptors. Aldridge is signing a four-year maximum contract that should come in around $80 million and that locks him up after the Duncan era ends. Leonard is reportedly signing a $90 million extension, while Green has agreed to a four year deal worth over $40 million.

The Spurs roster is going to be very deep with Leonard, Tony Parker, Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, Manu Ginobili and Matt Bonner along with Patty Mills. The Spurs traded Tiago Splitter to help make room for Aldridge and San Antonio should be the favorites in the conference. According to ESPN.com, Duncan is returning for this season and the addition of Aldridge could help him get rest through the year into the playoffs. Duncan is 39 years old and the Spurs now have as much flexibility as anyone with Aldridge joining the roster.

Check here for more on West signing with the Spurs.

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