After winning his fifth NBA title this month, Duncan said he was undecided on his future. He had until Tuesday to pick up his option or opt to become a free agent on July 1. There was some discussion about working out a new contract for Duncan, but he elected to stay in his deal.
Duncan, 38, had a strong season, averaging 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 74 regular-season games and then putting up 16.3 points and 9.2 rebounds over 23 playoff games.
The Spurs are now assured to have their three-player core of Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker back for their title defense. All three are entering the final season of their contracts.
Tim Duncan Exercises Player Option
Tom Penn breaks down the expectations for Tim Duncan and the Spurs next season now that Duncan has exercised his player option to return to San Antonio.
Tim Duncan: Constructing a Hall of Fame Legacy
Tim Duncan will be returning for an 18th NBA season, in which he and the San Antonio Spurs will look to accomplish something they have failed to do in their successful dynasty, win back-to-back titles.