SAN ANTONIO — 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 (at)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.
Temple returning to Wizards
WASHINGTON — Former LSU standout Garrett Temple said he’s returning to the Washington Wizards.
The versatile guard said Wednesday that he’s agreed to a one-year contract for next season.
Temple was signed on Christmas Day from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Developmental League and became a regular part of the Wizards rotation, playing both guard positions. He appeared in 51 games, starting 36, and averaged 5.1 points and 2.3 assists.
Temple can’t sign his contract until July 10 under NBA free agency rules.
Pacers sign two players
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana signed first-round draft pick Solomon Hill and free-agent guard Donald Sloan on Wednesday.
The Pacers did not release terms.
Hill was a surprise choice at No. 23 overall in last week’s NBA draft. Most analysts did not believe the 6-foot-7 swingman from Arizona would be taken in the first round but the Pacers said he’s a good fit in their system.
Sloan played in 23 games last season with Cleveland and New Orleans, averaging 3.5 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds.
Since Larry Bird officially returned as president of basketball operations Monday, the Pacers have been busy. They hired Nate McMillan as associate head coach Monday, then announced their summer league roster. On Tuesday, they agreed to a three-year deal with starting power forward David West.
Leuer staying in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Forward Jon Leuer agreed to a three-year contract with the Grizzlies that will keep him in Memphis.
Leuer’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed Wednesday that Leuer had agreed to the new deal.
The contract was first reported by The Commercial Appeal, which reported the three-year deal was worth $3 million.