Tim Duncan declares: ‘I’m a Spur for life’
San Antonio, TX, United States (AHN Sports) – San Antonio Spurs superstar Tim Duncan said testing the free-agent market has not crossed his mind, saying he plans to end his Hall-of-Fame career where it all began.
Duncan, who will be a free agent on July 1, denied rumors that he is planning to test the market to find his value and sign one last deal before he hangs his jersey for good.
“No … I’m not going anywhere. You can print that wherever you want to. I’m here and I’m a Spur for life,” Duncan told Yahoo! Sports.
Duncan said he plans to play another season or two before finally calling it a career. The Spurs drafted Duncan No. 1 overall out of Wake Forest in 1997 and he quickly showed his worth in capturing Rookie of the Year honors.
Duncan has won four titles with the Spurs in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 and was chosen as Finals MVP thrice in 1999, 2003 and 2005. He won the MVP trophy twice and was a 13-time All-Star from 1998 and 2000-2011.
Duncan and the Spurs gun for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals Tuesday when they square off with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After losing to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoff, Duncan and the Spurs have bounced back strong this season and have yet to taste defeat in the postseason.
The Spurs are riding the momentum of a 19-game winning streak that began in the latter part of the regular season. San Antonio swept the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers in the first two rounds of the playoff.
After submitting a career-low 13.4 points and 8.9 rebounds last year, Duncan averaged 15.4 points and 9.0 rebounds in the regular season and stepped up in the playoffs by pushing his output to 17.4 points and 9.2 rebounds.