The San Antonio Spurs are waiting on Tim Duncan’s retirement decision that could possibly come this weekend. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Spurs will waive Duncan if he decides to retire in order for him to get paid the remaining $5.6 million in his contract.
Jeff Garcia of the News 4 San Antonio, the 40-year-old legend is leaning towards retirement than coming back for his 20th season. He activated his player option which means it is still possible to see him play next season as the league can give him a proper send-off.
The city of San Antonio is not ready to see their soft-spoken superstar retire as the San Antonio Zoo is offering him free zoo visits if he plays next season. It should be noted that Duncan played the worst season of his legendary career as his age and nagging knee injuries caught up to him.
According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs may end up waiving Tim Duncan to stretch out his remaining salary into three seasons. It will not only help the Spurs’ salary cap but the team gives their greatest player a very nice parting gift.
If Duncan decides to play one more year, he would play a very limited role due to his age. The Spurs have also signed Pau Gasol, which may indicate that The Big Fundamental has played his final NBA game last season.
It would be the end of an era, not just for the Spurs, but for the entire NBA. He is considered the greatest power forward of all time and one the best players ever. He is a first-ballot Hall of Famer after leading the Spurs to five championships.
It would be a sad day for the NBA and in San Antonio but the Spurs are in very good hands. They still have the great Gregg Popovich in the bend, as well as Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge leading the team.
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