Spurs big man Tim Duncan has elected to exercise his player option for the 2016/17 campaign, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. But despite the veteran choosing to opt in, it doesn’t mean he has definitively decided to continue his playing career, the scribe adds. Duncan is set to earn $5,643,750 if he suits up next season.
Duncan, 40, is still seriously contemplating his desire to continue playing ball and needs time to judge how his body feels, team sources tell Wojnarowski. The Spurs are allowing Duncan to make a decision on his own timetable, despite their plans to pursue unrestricted free agent forward Kevin Durant this summer. The scribe also notes that this is the most serious Duncan has been about hanging up his sneakers and calling it a career at any point over the past few years.
The future Hall-of-Famer saw his production decline this season, averaging a career-low 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in 25.2 minutes per contest over 61 appearances. He shot .488/.000/.702 from the field on the campaign.