Will Tim Duncan return for a 20th season in the NBA? Well, the San Antonio Spurs’ star has opted into his $5.6 million player option for the 2016-17 season.
Duncan is still undecided about his retirement, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical. The veteran star had until June 29 to opt for his player option or to hit the free agency.
Sources: San Antonio's Tim Duncan exercises player option on contract for next season, but future remains unclear. https://t.co/w9I8eGp48X
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2016
Duncan has been revered as one of the best defensive players in the NBA. The 40-year-old stars average declined steadily last season to a career-low 8.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 61 regular-season games and then putting up 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds over 10 playoff games.
Will the decisions of Duncan and veteran guard Manu Ginobili affect the team’s plans going into the free agency? Spurs’ general manager Steve Buford pointed out they have specific building scenario plan for every season.
“You have a variety of scenarios you hope you can execute on that are sequenced and need things to happen along the way. We’ll be ready to answer the questions that are posed to us to hopefully find pieces within our abilities within collective bargaining that will help us build a competitive team.”
The Spurs may waive veteran forward Boris Diaw to shave $4 million off their next season’s payroll by Thursday’s deadline. But Marc Stein of ESPN.com confirmed that San Antonio intends to retain Diaw.
Duncan led the Spurs to win five NBA titles. He won the title with the team in his second year in 1999. Currently, the veteran star’s two-year deal is worth $5.25 million for the first season and includes a player option for the second season.
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