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Spurs guard Manu Ginobili says it's 'unlikely' he will retire

Manu Ginobili says he would like to come back from one more season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Manu Ginobili says he would like to come back from one more season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili wrote in an Argentinian newspaper that he has plans to return for one more season.

Ginobili, 35, will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will likely see a decrease in salary from the $14.1 million he made last season.

“After much thinking, going over and over the bad plays, I feel better and content in spite of the bad outcome, and I find it difficult to believe that I won't play anymore,” he wrote in La Nación, via the San Antonio Express-News.

“I don't feel exhausted or frustrated playing basketball, I mean not enough to say I'm done. I don't know about everything; I haven't made a decision, but I see it is unlikely that I will not play anymore.

“I try not to let the tree in front of me block the forest. This is practically an unbeatable situation in sports. A moment of anger and frustration should not cloud the day-to-day and how well I am doing over here.

“… I think they want me here again; but I'm not certain because I still can't talk to the franchise” under NBA rules.

Ginobili averaged 11.8 points this season off the bench for the Spurs, his lowest scoring average output since his second season in the NBA.

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