Tim Duncan has decided to exercise the $5.6 million player option on his 2016-17 contract.
According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, the future Hall of Famer is said to be still undecided as to whether he will return for his 20th season with the Spurs.
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Tim Duncan has elected to exercise the $5.6 million player option on his 2016-17 contract – but that is not an indication that he’s planning to return for his 20th NBA season, league sources told The Vertical.
Duncan, 40, is still seriously contemplating his desire to continue playing, as well as judging how his body feels, league sources said. The Spurs are allowing Duncan to make a decision on his own timetable, but there’s no question that this offseason is the most seriously he’s considered retirement.
The five-time NBA champion and the cornerstone of what is widely regarded as one of the top franchises in professional sports, Duncan is coming off a season in which he produced just 8.6 points and 7.3 rebounds, well below his career averages of 19 points and 10.8 rebounds.
In his team’s final game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Semis, Duncan poured in 19 points and five rebounds. Duncan’s productivity declined this past season when he averaged 8.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Over his career, he’s averaged 19 points and 10.8 rebounds.
With the possibility of Manu Ginobili returning to the team and now the news of Duncan exercising his player option, this really throws a wrench in who the Spurs were thinking of targeting during free agency which begins July 1.
Wednesday marks the deadline for Duncan whether to opt in or out.