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.