NBA Free Agency: Ginobili re-signs with Spurs

NBA Free Agency: Ginobili re-signs with Spurs
July 3, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Manu Ginobili re-signed with the Spurs after contemplating retirement.

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Manu Ginobili is sticking around to see if the San Antonio Spurs can get back to the top.

Ginobili tweeted Wednesday that he is staying with the team he has helped win three NBA titles and nearly a fourth last month.

The Argentine star writes: "Thrilled to announce that as I always hoped, I'm gonna stay with the (at)Spurs for two more years."

Ginobili, who turns 36 next month, battled injuries during the season and said he would think about retirement after the playoffs. But he helped the Spurs come within 28 seconds of the championship before falling to the Miami Heat in seven games, and his return ensures their longtime Big Three of he, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker will be in place next season.

David West stays in Indiana on three-year deal
The Indiana Pacers wanted David West to stick around and lead a championship run. The 32-year-old power forward never planned on leaving town.

West agreed to a three-year contract with Indiana on the second day of free agency, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. The person requested anonymity because NBA rules prohibit teams from announcing signings until July 10. The deal is reportedly worth $36 million.

For the Pacers, Tuesday's announcement may turn out to be their biggest move of the entire offseason.

"Obviously, our No. 1 priority is to get David West signed," president of basketball operations Larry Bird said Monday, reiterating the point his predecessor Donnie Walsh and general manager Kevin Pritchard made two weeks earlier at an end-of-the-season news conference.

The reason was obvious. On the court, West provided a physical inside presence that allowed the Pacers to play in-your-face defense, though he was far more than just an enforcer.

During the regular season he started 73 games, averaging 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. In the playoffs, the numbers were virtually identical -- 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds -- but it was in the locker room where West was a stabilizing force for one of the youngest teams in the league.

J.J. Redick dealt to Clippers
A person with knowledge of the situation says a three-team trade is in place that sends J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Los Angeles Clippers and point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers to the Phoenix Suns.

The deal also sends Jared Dudley from the Suns to the Clippers and Caron Butler from the Clippers to the Suns. The Bucks will get two second-round draft picks, according to the person who requested anonymity because the deal can't officially be made public until July 10 under NBA rules.

Yahoo! Sports, which first reported the trade, said Redick gets a four-year, $27 million sign-and-trade contract as part of the exchange.

In Redick, the Clippers get a much-needed shooting guard to play alongside Chris Paul, who has decided to re-sign with a team that has visions of contending for the Western Conference title.

Kevin Martin leaves OKC for Minnesota
Kevin Martin is leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to rejoin former coach Rick Adelman with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

A person with knowledge of the deal says Martin agreed to terms with the Wolves on a four-year deal worth as much as $30 million on Tuesday. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

Martin averaged 14.0 points and shot 42.6 percent on 3-pointers last year in a bench role for the Thunder. He will become a starter in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves have been desperately looking for 3-point shooters after finishing last in the league in that department last season.

Martin played for Adelman with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets.

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