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Ginobili not ruling out retirement

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San Antonio Spurs veteran guard Manu Ginobili told reporters Saturday he is contemplating retiring at the end of the season.

Ginobili is in the final year of his contract and will be 36 in July. He has dealt with a variety of injuries in recent years.

"All season long I kind of knew that I was going to play one or two more years," he said. "But when you are 36 -- I'm going to be 36 pretty soon -- everything is a day-by-day basis. 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."

If Ginobili does continue playing, it will likely be with a different team. While he would make less than the $14 million he is making this season, he would command more than what the Spurs could offer.

"We'll address everything after the end of the season," general manager R.C. Buford told ESPN on Saturday. "But our hope is for Manu to play through his career with the Spurs."

Ginobili averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 60 regular season games. He has averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds in just over 24 minutes in the NBA Finals.
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