No one would have blamed Tim Duncan for winning his fifth NBA title earlier this month and then riding off into the sunset. He has, after all, had a hell of a run in the league and put together a memorable Hall of Fame career. And going out on top would have been perfect.
But according to a number of reports, that's not what Duncan is going to do. Instead, he has decided to exercise the $10.3 million player option that he has in place for the 2014-15 NBA season and play at least one more year with the Spurs. And why not? Last season, he averaged more than 15 points per game during the regular season and 16 points during the postseason while leading San Antonio to another title. So it's clear that he's still got some gas left in the tank and, with Manu Ginoboli and Tony Parker both returning as well next season, look out, NBA. The Spurs are once again going to be a threat to win the title.
It'll be interesting to see how Duncan's decision to stick around for another season affects the decisions made by guys like LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony. This year's free agency period is going to be fun. Stay tuned.