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How Will Tim Duncan’s Decision To Return To The Spurs Next Season Affect Free Agents Like LeBron James & Carmelo Anthony?

Submitted by on June 24, 2014 – 10:27 am2 Comments

LeBron James wants to win another NBA title next season. So does Chris Bosh. And don’t even get us started on how badly Carmelo Anthony wants to win his first ring. But late yesterday, all three of those guys—and the rest of the NBA—got some bad news when multiple outlets confirmed that Tim Duncan had reportedly decided to return to the San Antonio Spurs next season. According to Yahoo! Sports and ESPN, Duncan is going to exercise the $10.3 million player option that he has and return to the Spurs for at least one more season. And that could be really bad news for the rest of the league, seeing as how the Spurs won a championship during the 2013-14 NBA season with relative ease.

There’s a chance that Duncan’s decision could even indirectly affect a bunch of free agents this summer. Because the ultimate goal for NBA players is to win a title and because the Spurs are the team standing in the way of everyone else right now, we wouldn’t be surprised at all to see guys like James, Bosh, and Anthony make some drastic moves this summer in order to try and put themselves into a better position to win a ring in 2015. It’s clear that the Miami Heat, as currently composed, are not ready to knock off the Spurs in a best-of-7 series. So we wouldn’t be shocked to see James and Bosh bolt Miami this summer or, at the very least, work to convince someone like Anthony to join them down in Miami. A move like that would make Miami the favorite to win the title again and give the Heat a chance against the Spurs, if the two teams were to meet up in the NBA Finals again. So it’ll be interesting to see if guys like James, Bosh, and Anthony base their decision to sign with teams this summer on Duncan’s decision to stay in San Antonio. It could definitely be a determining factor.

Do you think that Tim Duncan’s decision to stay with the Spurs will force free agents to think twice before they sign with teams this summer? Or do you think that they will be too focused on other things to worry about the Spurs? Either way, Duncan’s decision is huge and will again make the Spurs one of the teams to beat in the Western Conference next season.

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