The San Antonio Spurs confirmed Thursday afternoon that franchise rock Tim Duncan will be back in 2015-16, for his nineteenth season in the NBA.
Duncan’s deal, reportedly, is a two-year pact for $10 million with a player option for the second season.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 9, 2015
Spurs housekeeping: working toward finaliIng two year deal for Tim Duncan ($5M first year, player option for second year).
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 9, 2015
Duncan, 39, was named to the All-Star squad for the 15th time time in 2014-15, kicking Father Time’s butt to the tune of 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 77 games.
Per the Express-News:
If so, that could give the Spurs more wiggle room under the salary cap after it was reportedly set at $70 million, roughly $3 million more than expected. Depending on how the exact figures turn out, they might be able to offer more than a minimum deal as they flesh out the remainder of the roster.
The Spurs currently have 11 players committed for the 2015-16 season, five of which have officially signed — Duncan, Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, Kyle Anderson and, following his trade from Sacramento late Wednesday, Ray McCallum. (LaMarcus) Aldridge, (David) West, Green, (Kawhi) Leonard and Manu Ginobili will sign in the coming days, with no official word on Aldridge’s introductory press conference.
Duncan, 39, is coming off his 15th All-Star selection after becoming the oldest player in league history to average at least 13 points and nine rebounds for a full season. He and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players in NBA annals to register at least 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds and 2,500 blocks. […] The Spurs have won five championships with a 70.4 winning percentage during his career.