The San Antonio Spurs believe that Tim Duncan will retire this summer but rumors are swirling that Duncan and Manu Ginobili are still giving it one more ride next season which would be seen as their retirement season.
Duncan has until June 30 to make his decision while Ginobili has until Wednesday to make his decision which will to opt out of his contract and re-sign with the Spurs or retire. But the Spurs has reiterated that they do not know what Duncan’s decision is but they believe that he will walk away with factors such as health and family taking a play in that decision.
“The Spurs say they don’t know what Duncan is going to do, but they are guessing he will walk away. And if they are right, they will miss him for many reasons other than his refusal to exchange insults on the basketball court,” Michael Bohlin of Spurs.247.Sports noted.
Duncan played the last 19 seasons with the Spurs wherein he had five championship titles, three NBA Finals MVP, and two NBA MVP titles to his name. Retiring this season would be understandable as he has already proven himself to the league and to the sport itself as paper works for his eminent Hall of Fame inclusion should be on the go.
According to his college coach, Dave Odom, Duncan will make his decision the way he did when he was called for either to finish his studies or to make that jump to the professional league. Odom added that he has been in close contact with Duncan but he does not have any clue of Duncan’s decision of whether to exercise his option and decline a $6.4 million option.
On the other hand, Manu Ginobili stated that there is always the possibility to come back and play one more season with the Spurs. Ginobili stated that he plans to focus first on the upcoming Olympics wherein he will play for Argentina before making a decision that will for sure dictate his future with the Spurs and the league.
“My main goal right now are the Olympic Games, anyway. It’s time to relax. There’s nothing coming before that and I’ll focus on the national team when it’s time. I think in two weeks I’ll start thinking about my future more. I’ll surely sit down with Pop, Tim, and some other teammates and talk things out. We’ll see then what the goals are and whether things will change or not. It’s still too early to see how things will go,” Ginobili explained.
He added that his decision will not be depending on his teammates but will greatly depend on the situation and to understand it clearly. He does want to decide because there are no other options rather he will decide because he knows it is the right thing to do.
“My decision won’t depend on what my teammates do, or anything like that, But I do want to know what the team wants to do, what Pop wants to do. That won’t determine what I do but I need to know, just to have a good understanding of the situation. I don’t know what I’m going to do but I do know that if I retire it won’t be because of a lack of options but because I feel it’s the right thing to do,”Ginobili added.
“I’m very lucky in that I get to choose whether I return or not, which is not always the case for players. There’s a possibility of playing one more year but I still don’t know what I’m going to do. The player option won’t be the reason I make a decision, anyway. I’m going to take as much time as I think I need.”
No matter what Duncan and Ginobili decide regarding their future, it is clear that they will not decide hastily. Ginobili will formally announce it on Wednesday while Duncan is sure to make this decision known by July 1.
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