Spurs' Duncan, Ginobili, Neal and Parker

After the San Antonio Spurs failed to win another NBA title it was assumed that would be the last run for that core group of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and coach Gregg Popovich.  Well it turns out they may give it another go.  Read more after the jump.

Shay Marie

There has been some talk that Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and head coach Gregg Popovich could retire, but that’s not happening, especially regarding Duncan and Popovich.

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News writes: “Smart money says he (Ginobili) will be back for at least one more season at a rate steeply discounted from the team-leading $14.1 million he earned in 2012-13.” and “There is simply no reason to believe he (Duncan) will walk away.”

And as far as Popovich? He will likely stay on board until Duncan retires.

“I think vacation is overrated,” Popovich said recently. “You can only grow so many tomatoes or read so many books.”

Boris Diaw and Patty Mills own player options for next season and McDonald thinks both of them will opt-in. Matt Bonner’s contract is about 25 percent guaranteed for 2013-14, however he’ll be on the roster come July, which will lock in all of his salary. Finally, Gary Neal and Tiago Splitterwill enter July as restricted free agents. The Spurs will re-sign them unless they are offered high-dollar offer sheets and the teams deems the deals to expensive to match.

The only players who are locks to not return are DeJuan Blair and Tracy McGrady.