While this season was likely Antonio McDyess' last season in the NBA, it won't be Tim Duncan's last, according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
As we have said in a few posts already, in order to sign someone significant this summer, Duncan would have to exercise his Early Termination Option, something RotoWorld says he may do to give the Spurs more flexibility.
Duncan is clearly past his prime at 35 years old, but with careful monitoring of his minutes he can still be a major factor in a push toward another championship. He can also opt out of his deal and/or restructure his contract this summer, likely to give San Antonio more flexibility, but there aren't any details to report.
While it's doubtful the Spurs will make major moves or move any of the core, Duncan's restructured contract could leave room for the Spurs to find help in the post and possibly some added depth at the small forward position.
For a list of players the Spurs could go after, be sure to read Paul Garcia's offseason guide.
@LFJeremy ok so here is the thing, people are giving RJ a huge bad wrap. i mean you want prince to chip in 10-12 points BUT rj averaged 11 ppg this season. he also shot 44% from 3. consider that matt bonner was "mr 3 pointer" (as usual until the playoffs) and he averaged 46%, making 105 to RJs 135. the only thing really going for prince on the court is his defense, and i say he isnt the defender he once was. much like artest he gets by on his reputation built on the past. its kinda like saying lets get tracy mcbaby in here because he scored 13 points in 30 seconds against us.
i like the idea of tim opting for about 1/2 of what he is owed next year, making it about 10-11 mil for say 3 years. he gets an extra 10-12 mil and security. i dont think he is playing at a 21 mil rate and i think he knows it thus the thoughts of less money in addition to helping HIS team. IF he does this then the spurs have room for dalembert AND shane battier. i dont think the griz will be able to afford zack, marc, AND shane. zack is signed, marc is their future so i think shane is odd man out. he knows he is a perfect fit in SA, has expressed interest in working with pop, and manu especially. i feel like shane for the mid level exception, maybe less, sam dalembert for 7-8mil, and we still have a couple million to work with. IMO this isnt a dream, getting nene is a great dream to have but i dont see it being more then a dream. honestly i see nene going to houston. i hope not though.
@JohnAbney i disagree. i think Prince still plays some pretty good defense even at his age (31), which is the same age as RJ, i believe, (i think RJ might be a little younger, but not by much). the thing about people talking crap about RJ is the fact is that he used to put up about 19-20 points during his time with NJ and Milwaukee, so a lot of people expected he could do the same here. of course, i didn't expect he wasn't going to put up the same amount since we had Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker when he joined. i expected him to put up as many as 15-16 points during his time here, but not 11-12 points. whereas to Prince, he always been putting up about 12 points almost every season so far and has been able to play some D. now i think his points might dropped a little bit if he joined the Spurs, but he could still provide the defense if his offensive game wasn't going during games. plus, he does have a little more size at 6'9". besides, Artest just sucks now, while Prince is still consistent in getting his points. same thing applies to McGrady. he was never the same player after he got all those injuries in '08 and '09. now, don't get me wrong, i would love to have Battier as my first option, but i do think the Grizzlies will find a way to get him back after what he's been doing for them right now. that's what i'm thinking at this point.
@JMattHicks Just a little bit. But since the TD ear the SAS rarely made HUGE moves. . I think all SA fans are dreaming :(
@JeffProjectSpurs that's true, Jeff, and i have hopes for Anderson to have a good sophomore season.
@JohnAbney @RG8907 One issue is the SAS still need to get younger. Prince will be a solid player but maybe him coming off the bench will work. Can't forget the SAS still have James Anderson waiting in the wings.