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Tim Duncan says he’s not retiring

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Seven

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 2: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Tim Duncan’s friend and former teammate, Antonio Daniels, said the Spurs big man would probably return next season. Tony Parker predicted Duncan wouldn’t retire yet. Reports emerged about Duncan’s next contract and San Antonio’s planning for him to be on the roster. Duncan was even part of the Spurs’ pitch for free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.

If all that circumstantial evidence didn’t cut it for you…

Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:

Duncan is 39, and he’s due for significant decline at some point. I think.

He has aged amazingly well. If he maintains close to the level of production he hit last year and the Spurs sign Aldridge, they should contend for a title. Even if Aldridge signs elsewhere, they have a chance.

Kawhi Leonard is phenomenal, and Danny Green is a strong starter. We’ll see where Parker and Manu Ginobili fall in the aging curve, but Gregg Popovich will limit their minutes to maximize their effectiveness. The Spurs always get the most of their role players, too.

No wonder Duncan is returning.