Veteran sixth man Manu Ginobili indicated he’s leaning strongly toward returning for at least a 12th NBA season with the Spurs in a first-person column at Argentine sports web site Canchallena.

An excerpt, translated via Google and edited for clarity:

The future? I feel better and happy for the great season despite the outcome (of the Finals), and it is very hard not to (want) to continue playing. Do not think I’m so exhausted and frustrated basketball to say “enough.” I do not know at all, (I haven’t made) a decision, but (it will be difficult) not play anymore.

By now I’m more tired and saturated with these ugly situations when he was 27, but (I still like playing and am fortunate) for the role that I have. This is a situation virtually unbeatable in sports. A moment of (anger) and frustration should not overshadow the day by day and how (happy) I am here.

It’s all very recent. I’ll see when the time comes. But I’m psychologically better than two days ago. I do not know what will happen but I feel that I want (to be) back.

Ginobili, an unrestricted free agent who will turn 36 in July, endured an inconsistent postseason in his 11th season with the Spurs, shooting 39.9 percent with a 19.4 turnover percent and 16.5 Player Efficiency Rating. The latter two marks are the second-highest and second-lowest of his career, respectively.

He followed up one of the best games of his career (24 points, 10 assists) in Game 5 of the Finals with a total of 12 turnovers over the last two as the Spurs squandered a 3-2 lead over the Heat.