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Manu Ginobili Says Retirement ‘Could Happen Easily’

San Antonio Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili may have played his last NBA game on Saturday. Ginobili’s contract is up this summer, and the 37-year-old could call it quits, according to Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:

“I don’t know,” Ginobili said. “(Retirement) could happen easily. I still don’t know what I want to do and I don’t want to make decisions right after the disappointment of a game like this.

“I’ll have a lot of time. I’ll see my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I’m ready to go at it again. And I guess the Spurs are going to have to see what they want to do, also.

“It’s not a topic to talk about now. Still too early.”

Ginobili wasn’t much of a factor in the Spurs’ seven-game series loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He shot a respectable 36.4 percent from three in the series and hit two big threes in Game 7, but he shot just 34.9 percent overall from the field in 18.7 minutes per game, a playoff career low.

Ginobili has had a long and illustrious career, so nobody would blame him if he hangs it up. On the other hand, perhaps he comes back for another run on a cheap contract.

Tim Duncan also has a decision to make regarding his future, and while Duncan is 39 years old, he still contributed at a high level against Los Angeles. He averaged 17.9 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting 58.9 percent overall in the series.

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