is reporting that San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan will return next year for his 18th season.
Tim Duncan has decided to continue his career for an 18th season with the San Antonio Spurs and has exercised his $10.3 million player option for next season, sources told ESPN.com.
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.
Last season, Duncan averaged 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 74 regular season and 16.3 points and 9.2 rebounds over 23 playoff games.