I would not change San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan's role at all. In fact I might increase his role in the offense just a bit. Who's to say he can't average 15 and 10 next season?
But this past early playoff exit has caused Spurs fans to start thinking about the future, especially a future without Duncan. My initial thought in writing this was to wonder if Duncan could ever come off the Spurs bench and that issue will still be addressed. However, Chris Bernucca with Sheridan Hoops wrote a radical idea that must be discussed. It was related to the rumored amnesty clause that may be attached to the new CBA. We've been hearing about it for a little bit now and the universal reaction was the Spurs would part ways with Richard Jefferson.
But Bernucca wrote this bombshell of an idea today:
"More significantly: Can a team be prevented from re-signing a player it releases? If not, then the San Antonio Spurs could amnesty Tim Duncan (wink, wink), re-sign him to the veteran’s minimum and use the net $20 million cap space to sign a free agent that could help them make one more championship run – someone like Tyson Chandler."
This Chris Bernucca guy is devious and this is an awesome idea. It's the Brent Barry trade, then resigning all over again, but on steroids. Of course it won't happen (Bernucca cleverly admits as much later), but it's a crazy, out of the box scenario that you gotta love. If Duncan didn't opt out of his contract this summer, there's very little chance he'll agree to being the amnesty casualty for the Spurs.
Back to the lecture at hand. The topic? Could the Spurs ever bring Duncan off the bench?