Would be a surprise if Spurs' Ginobili doesn't play next season

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It would be a surprise if Manu Ginobili doesn't return next season for his 17th year with the San Antonio Spurs, writes Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News.

Ginobili is under contract for one more season and slated to make $2.5 million in 2018-19.

"Soon, perhaps in the next few days, Ginobili will post a message on the Internet announcing his intentions for next season, and it will be a surprise if those intentions do not include continuing to allow Gregg Popovich to fulfill his vow to squeeze every last drop out of him like a tube of toothpaste," Finger writes.

In 65 games this past season, Ginobili averaged 8.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists, shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.

Ginobili's long-time partner in crime, Tony Parker, is no longer on the team, as the Frenchman signed a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Kawhi Leonard is also gone, as the Spurs traded the star forward to the Toronto Raptors after he requested a trade.

The Spurs' new star player, DeMar DeRozan, wants Ginobili to come back and it appears he will get his wish.

"I’ve been a fan of his way before I was in the league,” DeRozan told reporters in Las Vegas at Team USA training camp. “It would be great just to learn from a guy like that and pick his brain.”