Duncan adds 2 years to his deal

first_imgFrom news services Tim Duncan has agreed to a two-year, $40 million contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs, an official familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. The agreement will add to Duncan’s existing three-year deal and keep him in San Antonio at least through the 2011-12 season, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to discuss negotiations. “That’s probably the biggest part of it, to (sign) this extension and hopefully end my career here, that’s the biggest part of it,” Duncan said after the Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-97, Tuesday night. “San Antonio: Where dynasties happen,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. And with that the Spurs held the final celebration of their fourth title in nine seasons. Demonstrating the team-first attitude Stern said the Spurs embody, the rings – 14-karat gold and bearing almost 4.5 carats of diamonds – were handed out first to the coaches, then to players in alphabetical order. On one side of the ring is the Spurs’ playoff record of 16-4, the NBA logo and the player’s number and name. On the other is side is the year, 2007, and a hammer splitting a rock. Kevin Durant’s much-anticipated regular-season debut won’t be overshadowed by the SuperSonics’ impending departure from Seattle. At least not tonight. Owner Clay Bennett originally set the day of the Sonics’ opener as the deadline to have a plan for a new arena in the Seattle area, or he would file relocation papers with the league to prepare for a move to Oklahoma City. He later said he didn’t want to distract from the start of the season, and would hold off from making any moves in regards to the Sonics’ future. Bennett spokesman Dan Mahoney reiterated that Bennett and the ownership group want the focus to be on basketball and on Friday, Bennett will “have further comment on the organization’s next steps.” Despite a sprained left ankle, Durant is expected to start tonight when the Sonics go to Denver to open their 41st and possibly last season with Seattle. The Sonics play their home opener on Thursday night against Phoenix. Durant moved without limitations Tuesday in his second full practice since spraining his ankle on Oct. 23. Coach P.J. Carlesimo said afterward that unless Durant’s ankle swells significantly on the flight to Denver, the rookie from Texas and No. 2 overall pick in the draft will make his highly anticipated first start. “It’s good to get things going, but you don’t feel good about a matchup with Denver,” Carlesimo said. Durant ready for debut Around the league Timberwolves: Point guard Randy Foye will be out several weeks because of a lingering knee injury. Tests revealed a stress reaction in his left kneecap, and the team said the second-year player will be out indefinitely. Foye, an NBA all-rookie team selection last season, is an important part of this revamped, inexperienced squad that has only five returning players on the 15-man roster. Foye averaged 10.1 points, 2.8 assists and 22.9 minutes while playing all 82 games last year. Sebastian Telfair, Marko Jaric and Greg Buckner are expected to assume the ballhandling while Foye is out. Cavaliers: Sasha Pavlovic agreed to a three-year contract, ending his lengthy holdout. Pavlovic’s agent, Marc Cornstein, confirmed the deal but declined to discuss financial terms. After a summer-long stalemate extended through the Cavaliers’ preseason, Cornstein said talks picked up over the last couple days with major concessions made by both sides. Celtics: The club has exercised its contract option on starting point guard Rajon Rondo for the 2008-09 season. The team is counting on the second-year pro to play that position in a lineup with stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Last season, the 6-foot-1 Rondo started 25 of the 78 games he played and averaged 6.4 points and 3.8 assists. Mavericks: Juwan Howard is being brought back after the veteran forward agreed to terms. Howard, who played for Dallas during parts of the 2000-01 and ’01-02 seasons, can’t sign with the Mavericks until he clears waivers today, when Dallas plays its season opener at Cleveland. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.No official word has been released. The 31-year-old Duncan has led the Spurs to four NBA titles in the past nine seasons, and he was the finals MVP for the first three. He also won back-to-back league MVP titles in 2002-03. Duncan, entering his 11th season, was the No. 1 pick in 1997, two years before the Spurs won their first title. The nine-time All-Star has career averages of 21.8 points and 11.9 rebounds. Before Tuesday’s opener, the Spurs were presented their championship rings after sweeping LeBron James and Cleveland in June. A lone spotlight beamed down on the center of the court at the AT&T Center, highlighting in all its golden glory the Spurs’ latest championship trophy. last_img

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