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Manu Ginobili tweets he’ll play next season

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Manu Ginobli #20 of the San Antonio Spurs gestures to a teammate in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Manu Ginobili strongly considered retiring a couple years ago.

Turning 38 later this month, Ginobili could have been done this summer.

But who could resist playing with Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Danny Green and Tony Parker?

There’s still the matter of Ginobili’s contract. He is a free agent, after all.

But the Spurs have never had issues locking up their cornerstone or once-cornerstone players. I doubt it becomes an issue now.

Depending where the salary cap falls and how much money Duncan and Ginobili want, San Antonio might have difficulty keeping Patty Mills and Boris Diaw. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ginobili and Duncan are waiting for the exact outlook before determining their salaries.

Ginobili’s decline has shown in recent years, and he’ll probably be even more limited this season. But Gregg Popovich will limit his minutes, maximizing whatever contributions Ginobili can still make.

The Spurs, as we’ve already written several times this summer, just got stronger. How much will depend whether Ginobili takes a low enough salary to allow San Antonio to keep Mills and Diaw, too.