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    Duncan not yet calling it a career as San Antonio great set to return for a 19th NBA season

    Jul 3, 2015
    Tim Duncan is returning to the Spurs for the 19th season. AP

    SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan is returning to San Antonio for a 19th season.

    Duncan tells the San Antonio Express-News that “I'll be on the court next year.”

    Until Duncan made his announcement Thursday (Friday, Manila time), there was speculation that he could call it a career after the Spurs lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in a thrilling seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs.

    Many expected him to return, particularly since he was coming off such a strong season. Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 blocks and earned third team All-NBA and second team All-Defense honors.

    Duncan turned 39 in April and accompanied the Spurs on a recruiting trip for star free agent LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday.

    Duncan told the newspaper that the trip to Los Angeles to meet with Aldridge offered the opportunity for a face-to-face chat with coach and team president Gregg Popovich about next season. The conversation solidified his desire to return for another year and chase his sixth championship.

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    Duncan will likely not agree to terms on a new contract until the Spurs know if Aldridge will be coming to town to play beside him in the San Antonio frontcourt.

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    Tim Duncan is returning to the Spurs for the 19th season. AP
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