At 36, Duncan agreed to return to San Antonio for three more years, Yahoo! Sports reported today. The deal would be worth $36 million.
Although no longer the dominant two-time league MVP, Duncan still averaged 15.4 points and 9 rebounds last season, his 15th. He was the No. 1 overall selection by the Spurs in 1997 and has career averages of 20.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in 1,111 games and has helped the Spurs win four NBA championships.
With Duncan in the fold, the Spurs went on to other business. They agree to deals with two of their key role players from last season, when San Antonio won an NBA-best 50 games, but lost in the Western Conference finals to the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder.
Guard Danny Green, a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year, $11.3 million contract, a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com. Green’s outside shooting spread the floor for the Spurs and allowed Duncan to work inside and gave guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli room to penetrate.
Green, 25, started 38 games last season. In 66 games overall, he averaged 9.1 points and hit 43 percent of his 3-point attempts. However, in the conference finals, Green was unable to find his shooting stroke and had his playing time diminished as the series went on.
San Antonio also agreed to terms with forward Boris Diaw, an unrestricted free agent — a two-year, $9 million deal.
Diaw’s contract includes incentives that could push the total value of the deal to $9.2 million and includes a player option for the 2013-14 season.
The 30-year-old Diaw, who signed with the Spurs after being waived by the Charlotte Bobcats in March, averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20 games with San Antonio.
The Spurs have not made any free-agent splashes as of yet, believing the team they had last season is still of championship ilk — but still could make a move before training camp to get younger and faster.