Spurs Veteran Manu Ginobili Ponders Retirement
2013 NBA Finals
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, criticized for his poor play in the NBA Finals, is pondering whether to call it a career after this season.
"Sometimes I do think about retirement," Ginobili said when asked whether this could be his final season after playing for 10 years with the Spurs.
"But then I say, 'No, no. I love what I do. I'm very lucky to be in a franchise like this. So I really can't picture myself being retired already," he added.
"There's a small chance. It's not that I'm really considering, but I can never say 'no' for sure, because I sometimes consider it," said Ginobili, adding that he will make the final decision once the season is over.
"Once the season finishes and I see how I feel, I can't imagine me not playing at least one more year here, but time will tell. We'll see," he added.
Ginobili, who will turn 36 at the end of July, is in the final season of a three-year, $39 million contract.
If Ginobili decides to continue his career, he could command more on the open market than in San Antonio but it would be less than the $14 million salary he was paid this season.
San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford is hoping to keep Ginobili beyond this season and end his career with the Spurs.
"We'll address everything after the end of the season," Buford said. "But our hope is for Manu to play through his career with the Spurs."
Ginobili has been struggling in the NBA Finals. After scoring 13 points in Game 1, he failed to score in double digits in the last three games, recording just five points in the Spurs' 109-93 loss in Game 4.
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