Among the NBA’s all-time icons – Duncan has left team officials, close associates and friends with a strong belief he is preparing to make an announcement in the near future on his departure, sources said.
The Spurs reached agreement on a two-year, $30 million-plus deal league sources said.
Duncan recently elected to exercise the $5.6 million player option on his 2016-17 contract – a payment the Spurs could still make to Duncan regardless of whether he plays or retires.
Duncan – a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time regular-season MVP – would be remembered as one of leaders and the great winners in NBA history.
For his career, Duncan has averaged 19 points and 10.8 rebounds.
The Spurs lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games in the Western Conference semifinals.
Duncan, who has long had trouble with his left knee, was slowed during the season with soreness in his right knee.