Report: Duncan exercises option, will return to Spurs for 2014-15 season


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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Tim Duncan will be around to chase back-to-back titles and a sixth championship with the San Antonio Spurs next season.

Duncan exercised his $10.3 million option for the 2014-15 season Monday afternoon, per multiple reports, guaranteeing the Spurs’ core will come back together for at least one more ride. Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the news.

Duncan, 38, had until Monday to make up his mind. He gave no indication during the Spurs’ Finals run that he would do anything but return for another season. He joins Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the other two members of the Spurs’ superstar core, as all three will head into the final year of their current contracts.

As good as he was during the regular season (15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds in managed minutes), Duncan was just as good if not slightly better in 23 postseason games, when he averaged 16.3 points and 9.2 rebounds.

 

19 Comments

  1. Shawn Kemp no. 1 says:

    they don’t need anyone else, this same team is good enough to win it again if they don’t have any injuries. their bench will get them to 1-3 seed no problem and if they click like they did in the playoffs this year, i don’t think anyone can beat them.

  2. Kingdom Man says:

    As a Spurs fan, I would LOVE Pau to sign with us so he can finally learn to play with a true superstar who isn’t a stat obsessed ball hog. Perhaps Pau could extend his career like Timmy too…

    • Mike says:

      I agree that Gasol’s skill-set and basketball IQ would be an ideal fit for San Antonio. The only thing I doubt is his personality. Remember when he kept speaking out about how Mike D’Antoni wasn’t using him correctly? No doubt Gregg Popovich would require Gasol to fulfil a certain role in the Spurs rotation. If Gasol disagrees with his role and cries about it to the media, Pop won’t hesitate to send him packing.

  3. Connor says:

    Although I am a Celtics’ fan, if Kobe Bryant had resigned with the Lakers for $10.3 million a year, the Lakers would have had a much easier rebuilding job.

  4. dflat says:

    Sacrifice for the team?
    Who are you speaking of?
    Not Mr. Duncan.
    Not his lifetime stats….
    Not his lifetime in lower wages…
    W-H-AT?
    This statement is very, very, very odd given the current basketball landscape.
    Please reexamine…Really!

  5. Will says:

    One more ring for the Great Tim Duncan is but a fitting final chapter to his legendary career. I have never seen another professional athlete as consistent and as humble as Tim Duncan. Even without the 6th ring, he is still going down the history as one of the greatest athletes ever lived on this planet, a living legend, and a true role model.

  6. Julesjulius says:

    Nice to hear. .hopefully Boris and mills are back too. SPURS! !

  7. matt says:

    All they have to do is let bonner, baynes ir ayres go and use the draft to fill the void. Duncan has earned every penny and should be making so much more for so long. They’ll have the entire team back that they need to win ir again

  8. True Baller says:

    The Spurs players are multi millionaires it’s not like they are hurting unless they are extremely splurging more than they can produce. Disciplined and know what they’re doing. I’m sure Tim’s Kids and family are good for quite a while after 17 all-star seasons. Tim returning is no surprise, the media likes to rev things up. Everyone on that roster commands big money but I doubt they’d bolt anywhere. You’d think after watching the culture the Spurs have had for almost 2 decades people would realize they aren’t like other teams and anyone in Pop’s program gets that down to the deepest man on the bench. They’re a family.

  9. Annie M. says:

    Yeah! Back – back championships in 2015!

  10. rafael says:

    yaaaay timmy one more year and one more ring goooo spurs gooo

  11. Louie says:

    yaay!!
    I knew he would. With all the younglins stepping up their game he can cruise through the regular season and come in rested and healthy for the post season…

  12. Chris says:

    Another chance to watch Tim play once more. Though part of me wishes he could’ve taken a little less to guarantee more money to put towards Mills/Diaw’s return.

    • Louie says:

      Tim Duncan, even at this age, is a steal at 10.3 mill…

    • BBall Junkie says:

      to Chris, $10.3m to opt in, doesn’t that mean the entire contract he would’ve earned much less than $10.3 per year? That’s a lot less than all the all stars are getting out there. He’s already sacrificed enough for the sake of the team in my opinion.

      • stevetallent says:

        It’s 10.3 for this last year only, and that is more than the two previous years. And yes, any team in the league that could make the space would gladly pay 50% more to have TD on their team.

      • Chris says:

        I can dream can’t i? Lol, can’t have everybody though. Just being greedy. Duncan is definitely worth more than what he’s accepting already

    • Moe says:

      DUNCAN has taken less money then ever. KOBE contract is cryponite compare to Timmy. Black Mamba is a HOF but wouldn’t sign for less to surround himself with better players in his advance age. I doubt Lakers would really do anything. It’s not like before; reload & contend. I believe Paul should move to a contender. Feel sorry for the guy he’s always on the trading block.

      • Phillip says:

        It doesnt look like anybody realizes that even tho Duncan is taking less money than most and part of that is an accepted pay reduction, another part is that he signed his currect contract while battleing injury and nobody knew if he would be healthy and be able to stay healthy and be able to perform at a high level, let alone at a high level for multiple years. His body just as easily could of broken down, fortunately he has digressed much more slowly than he could of