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.
"Thrilled to announce that as I always hoped, I'm gonna stay with the Spurs for two more years," he wrote.
Ginobili, who turns 36 this 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 the longtime Big Three that includes Tim Duncan and Tony Parker will be in place next season.
Details of the contract agreement weren't available, but Ginobili figures to take a pay cut from the $14.1 million he made last season as the Spurs' highest-paid player. Duncan did the same thing last summer, going from $21.2 million to $9.6 million.
Teams can reach agreements with free agents, but contracts can't be signed before July 10.
The playoffs were rough in spots for Ginobili, raising more questions about whether the Spurs would be willing to bring him back. Ginobili's regular-season and playoff scoring averages were the lowest since his rookie season in 2002-03. A couple of games in the NBA Finals were plagued by poor shooting and turnovers, including eight in Game 6 when San Antonio coughed up a five-point lead in the final half-minute.
Celtics hire Stevens: The Boston Celtics keep getting younger - on the coaching staff as well as the court.
Less than a week after agreeing to trade Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets - and 10 days after shipping coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers - the Celtics hired Butler's Brad Stevens as their next head coach.
Stevens, 36, twice led the Bulldogs to the NCAA title game, but has no NBA experience as a player or coach.
He has spent the last six years as the coach of Butler, leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and '11. He has a career winning percentage of .772.
He takes over a team that is three seasons removed from an appearance in the NBA finals; the Celtics won their unprecedented 17th championship in 2008. But with Garnett and Pierce showing signs of slowing down, they are rebuilding.