Manu Ginobili confirms he will play on for another season

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The San Antonio Spurs are one of six teams in the mix to sign Kevin Durant this summer - which includes his current employers the Oklahoma City Thunder - but while they wait for his decision, they have received some good news from elsewhere in the process. 

Veteran shooting guard Manu Ginobili has confirmed that he will not be retiring and will play for at least another year in the league.  

The 39-year-old confirmed the news on his personal blog over the weekend and, though he didn't say he'll be returning to play for the Spurs, a deal between the two parties seems like a formality given his affinity with the only franchise he's represented in his 14 years in the NBA.

ESPN's Marc Stein also stated, via sources, that the Argentinian is expected to suit up for San Antonio next year. 

However, Ginobili said that he would reveal more details at a later date in his column for the Argentina newspaper La Nacion and wants to take some more time during the offseason to make a decision.

"The reality is that I feel more certain and I see it more clearly than last year," Ginobili said. "The season went well for me and aside from the 'minor' incident in February I remained healthy. I definitely want to keep enjoying basketball for a little while longer."

The 'minor' incident he's referring to is a testicular injury he suffered in February which caused him to miss 12 games.

The two-time All-Star signed a two-year deal worth $2.9 million in 2015 but declined his player option for this season which saw him become an unrestricted free agent, sparking rumours that he was set to retire. 

After the Spurs were dumped out of the playoffs by the Thunder, all eyes were on Ginobili and Tim Duncan to see whether they'd played their last games in the league. 

Timmy may not have made a decision yet, but his longtime teammate has moved to end the speculation by committing to another campaign. 

Duncan has reportedly exercised his player option for the 2016-17 season but remains undecided about whether he'll play on. 

San Antonio enjoyed a franchise-best year after winning 67 games and equalling the Boston Celtics' 40-1 record at home. 

The veteran duo showed that they still had enough in the tank during the regular season but struggled against a young and more athletic OKC team in the postseason, which led to doubts about their futures. 

Per ESPN, Ginobili averaged fewer than 10 points (9.6) for the first time since his rookie season (2002-03), while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from 3-point range.

The two-time champion won't be taking the summer off to recharge his batteries for the new campaign as he's committed to representing his country at the Olympics in Rio. 

The return of Ginobili, and possibly Duncan, should attract players to join the franchise this summer, and they'll be hoping that they've done enough to recruit the best free agent on the market.

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