HoopsHype Tim Duncan rumors

June 14, 2014 Updates

A bit deflated, I resolved to let the issue drop. Then, a couple of days later, I figured it would at least be prudent to double check and see whether the same mistake had ever happened again. Lo and behold, it also happened in the 2012 offseason, about a week beforehand, with the contract of Tim Duncan. His three year, $30 million deal was structured so that, rather than paying $10 million flat for three years, it would go down a bit in year one ($9,638,554), up a bit in year two ($10,361,446), and then finish with $10 million flat in year three. As with Randolph, that third year is a player option; as with Randolph, it seemed as though it had a lower salary than the year preceding it. And as with Randolph, that is not supposed to be allowed. Sham Sports

Twenty three months later, that word is finally here. It now appears - and once again, has been confirmed by multiple parties - that Duncan's 2014/15 player option has been modified so that it no longer contains a salary lower than that of the previous season. Specifically, it has been made to match it - Duncan's player option, should he exercise it, now calls for a $10,361,446 salary as opposed to $10,000,000. And so now we perhaps have some finality on the outstanding issue, with the team effectively being billed for the error. Sham Sports

June 13, 2014 Updates

San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan has until June 24 to notify the team whether he intends to pick up his $10.3 million player option for next season, according to sources familiar with the terms of the contract. Such opt-in or opt-out dates for most players are typically June 30, right on the eve of free agency, but sources told ESPN.com the contract is set up to provide the Spurs with a fairly firm read on the 38-year-old stalwart's plans for next season before offseason business starts July 1. The date still can be moved closer to July 1, sources said, if both parties agree to do so, but it obviously behooves San Antonio to have an answer as early as possible so it can properly chart its course not only in free agency but for the June 26 draft. ESPN.com

But sources say the Spurs, to this point, are quietly operating under the assumption that Duncan and Popovich will indeed be back next season. Both of their current contracts, along with those of fellow Spurs pillars Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, expire after the 2014-15 season, provided Duncan decides to opt in. ESPN.com

June 9, 2014 Updates

Q: Pop has frequently said that you're playing on one leg now -- Tim Duncan: One and a half, maybe. Q: One and a half. But how do you accommodate for what your body can't do anymore? Tim Duncan: You learn to play. You learn to play around it. I've been blessed this year. I've actually felt as good as I have in a long time. I'm not as explosive as I used to be -- not that I ever was explosive -- but just playing within myself. I've kind of changed my game a whole lot. I play off of those guys and let Tony and Manu and Kawhi, let those guys set things up, and I try to get in a position to help them finish, and do the things that I can do. I'm not the one-on-one player I used to be. I'm not the isolation player I used to be. I don't do that stuff anymore, as much. So it's just trying to find a way to be effective with what you have. NBA.com

Q: I know the relationship you have with Pop is special, and that you're also very private and don't let many folks in. How did the relationship evolve to the point where you have total trust and faith in him, and vice versa? Tim Duncan: It was an evolution over the years. Seeing that the decisions he made over the years to protect me and my career, and my body, and away from the court, him caring about what happens to me, and all those things together, it builds up, and you understand that someone's looking out for you, and they're not out to just use you for what you are, and you're not just a business chip. Once that trust is built from that respect, you let all the rest of the stuff go, and you understand that you're fighting for the same goal, and that he has your best interests at hand. NBA.com

Tony Parker scored 21 points and Tim Duncan added 18, but they went 0 for 4 from the foul line in a critical nine-second stretch of the fourth quarter, and those points loomed very large at night's end. Final score: Miami 98, San Antonio 96. "We can't miss four free throws in a row," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich lamented when it was over. USA Today Sports

On the next possession, Ginobili threw a wild heave several feet over Tim Duncan’s head. It appeared that Ginobili could have been poked in the eye by a Miami defender shortly before the pass. “I had the ball on the top and I got poked in the eye,” Ginobili said. “When I looked up it was 7 seconds (left on the 24-second clock) and I did what I always do. I tried to make Chris Bosh commit to me, bring the blitz and I threw it to TD and it was too hard.” San Antonio Express-News

June 7, 2014 Updates

On Saturday, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Duncan has often demanded to play point guard. "True story," Popovich said. He thinks he's a point guard." Duncan admitted to entertaining the thought of moving to the backcourt. During his media session, he even asked a reporter to help convince Popovich. "I've been arguing that point for years now and I'm going to get your name and card, and I'll get you in a room with him," Duncan said. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 6, 2014 Updates

James was seen heading to the locker room with about 90 seconds left in the game. “It was significant,” said Tim Duncan of the heat following the game. “It was definitely a factor.” LeBron left the arena with a limp. For The Win

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