It’s hard to imagine Tim Duncan wearing anything but a Spurs jersey. This almost wasn’t the case though, because the Magic were trying to form a superteam.
Duncan was a free agent in 2000, as were Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill. The latter two, obviously, ended up with the Magic, and Duncan was very close to leaving by his own account. Said Gregg Popovich of Duncan’s 2000 free agency: "It was hell. You get close to a player and you don't want to see him leave. I never let myself believe he was going to stay. I was just getting myself prepared, for sanity reasons. It's no fun.”
Duncan eventually signed a four-year, $45.9 million contract (chump change in today’s NBA) to stay in San Antonio. And while the prospects of a Duncan-McGrady-Hill trio are fun to think about, it’s safe to say that Duncan made the right call in staying with the Spurs.