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NBA Playoff News – Will Ginobili be back with Spurs after this season?

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Manu Ginobili is going to be a free agent on July 1, and also that month one of San Antonio’s long-time stars will celebrate his 36th birthday. With Ginobili and fellow Spurs stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have proven they have a lot left in the tank, the big question after the season will be whether Ginobili will return to the team in 2013-14.

Manu GinobiliParker is signed for two more seasons, and Duncan is signed for next year and has a player option for 2014-15 so the chances are good both will play out the next two years in SA. Ginobili, who is earning just over $14.1 million this season, has indicated that he’d like to play for a couple more seasons before calling it quits. It would have to be considered a surprise if Ginobili did so for any team other than the one he’s spent his entire NBA career playing for, the Spurs, but that could come down to money.

One has to believe that a team out there will be willing to give the future Hall of Famer a two-year deal, and the Spurs have the cap room next season to give him somewhere in the neighborhood of the $10-12 million annually that Duncan and Parker are set to earn. One thing that will make them think twice is Ginobili’s lack of durability in recent years. He appeared in only 94 games over the last two regular seasons, missing 80 with various injuries, and the Spurs are too savvy of a franchise to dole out a big contract largely out of sentimentality.

If SA elects to move on without Manu Ginobili, look for them to try to add a slashing scorer either through the draft or via free agency. Finding the next Ginobili, however, wouldn’t be an easy task — not even for the Spurs.

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