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Tim Duncan not going to opt out, Spurs not offering extension

Jun 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT


Next season, whenever it starts, is going to see Tim Duncan in the middle for the San Antonio Spurs. As it should, it will look and feel wrong when the day comes he doesn’t fill that role.

Duncan could opt out of his deal and force the Spurs to renegotiate with him, but he’s not going to do that , according to Jeff McDonald at the Express-News Spurs blog.

As such, Duncan will play out the final year of his existing deal, during which he is scheduled to earn $21.2 million, and remains on track to become a free agent after the 2011-12 campaign.

Duncan is 35 and while he will get another contract after this one if he wants it, the money will be nowhere near this number. Looks like he wants to take the last big payday — he’s earned it for what he has brought the Spurs — then decide what is next.

The Spurs are not offering an extension to him… at least not yet. They want to have his new deal be under the new Collective Bargaining Rules, whatever they may be. The owners will like those rules better, whatever they are.

Duncan can become a free agent but it is hard to see him leaving San Antonio. Remember last time he renegotiated a deal he took less than max money so the Spurs could bring in other guys. Frankly, I don’t want to see Duncan in any other uniform. It would just feel wrong.

  1. palakerfan - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Best PF ever.

  2. edmazeing1 - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Shaq was still in demand at his age why cant Duncan, I feel we should keep Duncan untill we found another big that can be decent.

  3. ac0117 - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    He’s a legend

  4. redbear18 - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Duncan was an amazing player in his prime, and has always been an old-school, hometown hero kind of player, and he has my respect for that.

  5. Nadeem - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Duncan’s not going anywhere. He will resign next season. I thought he deserved Jason Kidd type contract under the current CBA. $9 million a year.

    • Nadeem - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      I meant re-sign*

  6. svallen - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    At the time he has signed a 4 year / $80M contract (, and the remaining salary of $21M+ is something the Spurs are looking to rid of. They are an older team, and I think the Spurs are looking to get younger and lessen the money on their payroll in order to sign 2 or 3 players of decent skill rather than keep paying top dollar for an “old dog.”

    • goforthanddie - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:04 PM

      If you’re suggesting the Spurs are looking to trade Duncan…no, they’re not. No one’s untradeable, but considering what he means/has meant to them, he’s not going anywhere. Plus he’s still serviceable, and you’re not getting 21mil worth back for him.

  7. philtration - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    I think he is going to retire after next season (if there is one)
    He is 35, has 4 rings and the Spurs are getting old.

    What does he have to prove?
    He does not need to chase a ring out of desperation and I can’t see him playing for another team.

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