Tim Duncan has officially decided to return for his 18th season with the San Antonio Spurs, opting in for his $10.3 million player option for next season.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report.
Even though many believed that Duncan would in fact finish out his contract and return for the 2014-15 season, there was still a slight chance that the longtime Spur would ride into the sunset and retire after winning his fifth Championship.
However, Duncan still believes that he has more (a lot, possibly) left in the tank to give to the game, as he showed throughout his 17th season and well into the NBA playoffs.
I don’t really think we’ve gotten to that point where we’ve had to say: “Boy Timmy looks old.”
Which is weird since, you know, he is…old.
Nevertheless, the 38-year-old will return to the Spurs after averaging 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season. After next season, though, is when it really gets interesting — when Tony Parker’s, Manu Ginobili’s, Gregg Popovich’s and Duncan’s contracts all expire.
While it’s unlikely that they all retire together, especially since Parker is only 32, would we really be surprised if they elected that route?
It feels like that’s the only way they should go.