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Spurs reach three-year deal to keep Tim Duncan. Shocking.

Jul 10, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan celebrates in the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in San Antonio Reuters

Was there anything less suspenseful than Tim Duncan’s “free agency?” I was more surprised at the end of the movie “Gettysburg.”

But Duncan’s free agency has ended, reports Johnny Ludden at Yahoo.

Duncan’s representatives and the Spurs are finalizing a few items, but the structure has been agreed upon. The contract is expected to be in the range of the three-year, $36 million deal Kevin Garnett reached with the Boston Celtics the day before the NBA’s free-agent market opened.

Duncan is 36 but continues to play at a high level, even if that level is a little lower than his prime years. He averaged 15.4 points and 9 rebounds a game in 28 minutes, with a very good PER of 22.5. He also moved better last season than he has in years past and coach Gregg Popovich does a masterful job limiting his minutes.

Still, we’ll see if he plays all three years of this deal or decides to walk away if he feels he is slipping.

Duncan told PBT and pretty much every media member he spoke to during the playoffs last year that he was not leaving the Spurs after the season. There’s not a lot of ways to interpret “I’m a Spur for life.”

Duncan now joins Boris Diaw and Danny Green as Spurs who have agreed to terms with the Spurs in the last 24 hours. San Antonio is getting back together the roster that had the best record in the Western Conference the past two seasons, but one that hasn’t made it to the NBA finals and doesn’t seem likely to overtake the Thunder (or maybe the Clippers, or maybe the Lakers with Nash, or… you get the idea).

  1. spellingcopfather - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Damn there goes all the spurs money, was hopeing Duncan would take less, but hey its the greatest PF to ever play the game !!!

  2. tonystrong - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    What’s SA supposed to do? Let the man who made them one of the best franchises of this decade leave? This is as much payment for his past accomplishments as it was for what he currently brings to the team. Great player now a good player but still worth it for everything he’s brought to the franchise and for his loyalty. I really don’t think any player has meant more to an organization then Timmy to SA. Glad they acknowledge that. His window for winning a title in SA is just about closed but with the season they had last year you never know!

    One more thing, I really wish Tim Duncan would have gotten a roster spot on Team USA this year. I think him not having an Olympic Gold medal is a tragedy! I know he needs his rest and probably wouldn’t have wanted to play anyways but I really wish he got extended the invite. Team USA usually always has one old guy on the squad (Kidd in 08, Chauncey in 10 for world’s, who would have been on the team had he not in injured) I really wish it would have been Timmy this year. Him without an Olympic gold, after all he’s accomplished in the game just doesn’t feel right!

  3. liljere24 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    You should really stop trying to be sarcastic in your headlines and articles, it really isn’t funny.

    • amitko - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      I agree. Kurt doesn’t seem to realize that it stopped being funny after the 1000th time but ,given the caliber of his writing, pointing that out is futile.

  4. jolink653 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    tim duncan was a free agent?

  5. pistolpete0903 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    As much as I like Duncan and the Spurs, they might have over-paid the Big Fundamental. I can see the value of him as a mentor to Splitter and Blair; but his defense is not solid as in the past. Comparison to KG is moot since KG is still the defensive anchor and is a vital cog in the Boston offense. SA has the offense running though Parker pretty much.

  6. pinhead2 - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    tonystrong, perfectly said. it wasn’t about how much for the spurs, it was about continuing the class act that they’ve been with duncan since he was drafted and never letting go of the best ping pong ball drop ever. it would break my heart to see tim duncan pull something like Hakeem did playing in Toronto for a last year. class act on the part of the spurs to step up and make sure duncan retires with a spurs jersey.

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