Reports: Spurs’ Duncan silent about future, Popovich wants to return
San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan remains noncommittal about his future while head coach Gregg Popovich says he would like to return next season, according to multiple reports.
With the Spurs holding a commanding 3-1 lead against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals heading into Sunday night’s Game 5, the focus has begun to shift to the future.
"I don’t have any plans on doing anything," Duncan told reporters Saturday, according to the San Antonio Express-News and other reports. "I’m going to figure it out when it comes. I’m not saying I’m retiring. I’m not saying I’m not retiring. I’m not saying anything. I’m going to figure it out as it goes. I’ve always said if I feel like I’m effective, if I feel like I can contribute, I’ll continue to play.
"Right now I feel that way, so we’ll see what happens. Whatever people are saying or who has insight on whatever, they’re getting it from somewhere else because I haven’t told anybody anything nor have I thought about it in any respect."
Duncan, 38, is in his 17th NBA season and is seeking his fifth championship – all with Popovich. ESPN reports Duncan has until June 24 to tell the Spurs whether he will exercise his $10.4 million player option for the 2014-15 season.
Popovich, meanwhile, might have silenced some of the speculation that a fifth championship could spell the end of his tenure in San Antonio. He is in his 18th season with the Spurs and, like Duncan, has spent his entire career with the franchise.
"I don’t feel tired," Popovich told reporters. "I mean, I’m tired today, but I mean in general. I’d like to continue to coach (beyond this year)."