The San Antonio Spurs icon has been a mainstay in the post since his rookie season, when he was taken No. 1 overall out of Wake Forest and immediately placed alongside former franchise legend David Robinson. The pair won a title together in Duncan’s second season and the franchise went on to win four more during Duncan’s reign.
Duncan has averaged 19 points and 10.8 rebounds per game through his career, a span in which the Spurs never won less than 50 games during a full season and never missed the playoffs.
He’s mulled retirement the last couple offseasons, but has always come back to the team. He actually opted in to his deal for next season, which would pay $5.9 million, but had not actually committed to returning.
The Spurs have been actively courting free-agent center Pau Gasol in recent days, and would plug him in to the middle of the lineup should Duncan follow through.
Of course, some folks thought Monday’s other big news might have something to do with it: