Tim Duncan leaning toward retiring

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Tim Duncan has won five NBA championships. Kevin Durant has not won a single one.

On the day Durant jumped ship from Oklahoma to Golden State to have a better chance at earning a title, a report surfaced out of San Antonio saying that the long-time Spurs veteran hinted that he would retire after 19 years.


The three-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time regular-season MVP-time and arguably one of the best power forwards ever to play, has left the impression with Spurs officials, close teammates and family that he will retire, according to The Vertical.

An announcement could come in the very near future, The Vertical reported.

Duncan turned 40 in April. He was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 1997 draft.

He exercised his $6.4 million player option for next season but always left retirement as an option. Duncan is the second player in NBA history to win an NBA title in three different decades (John Salley is the other).

Duncan, who has been an All-Star 15 time, has averaged 19 points and 10.8 rebounds during a career spent entirely in San Antonio. Last season, he was hobbled with by a sore right knee and played in only 61 games. He averaged 8.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.