As reported by Spurs Nation, Tim Duncan said that he can't wait to get back on the court, a few hours after signing a contract that will take him to the end of one of the greatest careers in NBA history, all of it with the San Antonio Spurs.
Though the immediate disappointment of that Game 6 loss in Oklahoma City was magnified by expectations that had grown from a 50-16 regular season that bled into 10 straight playoff victories, Duncan viewed his future through the prism of veteran perspective.
“We’ve been lucky enough to win four championships, more than most people do in their careers,” he said. “The disappointment of an end to a season happens to most players every season. You just get back up and get ready to go again.
“I loved what our team did last season. We had a great run and I’m real excited to do something special all over again.”
Duncan became an unrestricted free agent July 1 but didn’t entertain offers from other teams. The Spurs announced his signing Wednesday, as well as that of restricted free-agent shooting guard Danny Green.
The club is expected to announce the signing of center-forward Boris Diaw, point guard Patty Mills and shooting guard Nando De Colo, the team’s second-round draft pick in 2009, by week’s end.
Duncan’s deal is for three more seasons, all guaranteed, with the third at his option if he chooses to play in 2014-15.
“I’m happy to be on board for another couple of years and more than happy to be a Spur for life,” said Duncan. “The plan is to evaluate how I feel after (two seasons) and then make a decision.”
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