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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).

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