Tim Duncan re-signs with San Antonio Spurs on three-year contract
The power forward Tim Duncan has been the cornerstone of San Antonio Spurs’ every success since he was drafted No1 overall out of Wake Forest by the team in the 1997 NBA drafts. The 13-time All-Star Tim Duncan was the leading force behind the San Antonio Spurs’ four championships in 1999, 2003, 2005 and the last being in 2007.
When Tim Duncan was asked about his future with the San Antonio Spurs in light of expiration of his contract, the two-time MVP remained positive about ending his career with the team.
“No…I’m not going anywhere,” said Tim Duncan at last season’s Western Conference Finals. “You can print that wherever you want to. I’m here and I’m a Spur for life.”
The franchised player Tim Duncan is living up to that commitment and the San Antonio Spurs are more than happy to facilitate his dream. The structure for a three-year-old contract, amounting to somewhere near $36 million or a in the range of Kevin Garnett’s deal with the Boston Celtics has been in place. The three-years of Tim Duncan’s contact are fully guaranteed, while the third-year carries an opt-out clause. The San Antonio Spurs have also added a no-trade clause in the contract.
Tim Duncan, who is entering his fifteenth year in the league has a 1,111 career appearances in games and boasts a career average of 20.3 points as well as 11.3 rebounds. Last season, Tim Duncan averaged 155.4 points and 9.0 rebounds. While Tim Duncan’s production has somewhat dropped since the height of his career, he has still been a dangerous player off the bench. The drop in his production is more due to Tim Duncan’s minutes rather than issues regarding his performance.
Tim Duncan wouldn’t be able to sign with the San Antonio Spurs until the league-wide moratorium on free agency is lifted on Wednesday.
However, the San Antonio Spurs have been busy with two other major signings the last two days, trying to establish strong roster for next season after posting the best record in the league with 550-16 last season.
Restricted free agent Danny Green, who played 66 games and had 38 starts last season averaged 9.1 points with a 43 percent shooting from the 3-pointer range. The 25-year-old Danny Green had been offered a fully guaranteed three-year contract worth $11.3 million. Unrestricted free agent Boris Diaw, who was waived by the Charlotte Bobcats and consequently signed with the San Antonio Spurs for a two-year contract, will receive a $9 million deal. The 30-year-old Boris Diaw’s deal is worth a total of $9.2 million, inclusive of bonuses. The San Antonio Spurs have included a player option in the second-year of forward Boris Diaw’s contract.