Tim Duncan not going to opt out, Spurs not offering extension


Next season, whenever it starts, is going to see Tim Duncan in the middle for the San Antonio Spurs. As it should, it will look and feel wrong when the day comes he doesn’t fill that role.

Duncan could opt out of his deal and force the Spurs to renegotiate with him, but he’s not going to do that , according to Jeff McDonald at the Express-News Spurs blog.

As such, Duncan will play out the final year of his existing deal, during which he is scheduled to earn $21.2 million, and remains on track to become a free agent after the 2011-12 campaign.

Duncan is 35 and while he will get another contract after this one if he wants it, the money will be nowhere near this number. Looks like he wants to take the last big payday — he’s earned it for what he has brought the Spurs — then decide what is next.

The Spurs are not offering an extension to him… at least not yet. They want to have his new deal be under the new Collective Bargaining Rules, whatever they may be. The owners will like those rules better, whatever they are.

Duncan can become a free agent but it is hard to see him leaving San Antonio. Remember last time he renegotiated a deal he took less than max money so the Spurs could bring in other guys. Frankly, I don’t want to see Duncan in any other uniform. It would just feel wrong.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.