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Spurs: Who’s back? Players wonder, too

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POSTED June 17, 2014 11:46 p.m.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili had a simple message for his teammates during an emotional team meeting Tuesday.

Let’s do this again.

With six potential free agents headed by Tim Duncan, the message was made clear -the Spurs would like everyone back for a run at a sixth NBA championship.

“I’m pretty sure most of the team is going to come back,” Ginobili said.

San Antonio met as a group for the first time since beating Miami 104-87 on Sunday night to close out the NBA Finals in five games. Coach Gregg Popovich used the meeting to take one last playful dig at his players.

“He did show us a couple of clips that we sucked at (in Game 5),” guard Patty Mills said, laughing.

All the same, free agency that begins July 1 could alter a close-knit roster.

Duncan has a player option, but his teammates expect him back and the 38-year-old forward did not give any indications otherwise throughout another resurgent season.

“It will come to an end, but I don’t think next year,” guard Tony Parker said of the team’s run under the Big Three. “I think everybody’s going to come back.”

Parker has non-guaranteed contract, but San Antonio is highly unlikely to release its All-Star point guard.

The future for Mills, Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner and Aron Baynes is less certain. Mills, Diaw and Bonner are unrestricted free agents.

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