While the legendary Spur says his decision to hang 'em up will not depend on his teammate's decisions, he does want to talk to Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and others to see what direction the team will go in before he chooses his choice. So don't call it quits on Gino in Silver and Black, but it may be a couple of months before we get Manu's decision.
The Big Fundamental has spent 19 seasons in the NBA and I think we can all agree that he was worth the max for almost all of those years. But Tim spent much of his career helping the Spurs' cap situation by taking considerably less money than he could have commanded not only with the Spurs but from the 29 other NBA franchises. Still, Big Fun is loaded.
First Peter Holt steps down and now Spurs fans are faced with the
possibility probability that one or both of Tim and Manu call it quits. As if that wasn't enough change to raise the anxiety level of an entire city, now the man behind the beloved Coyote, Rob Wicall, is calling it a career.
Sure it's nothing like getting a Larry O'Brien, but Kyle Anderson and Jonathon Simmons led the Spurs to victory in Las Vegas last summer and they're going to be back this summer, hopefully with Becky Hammon at the helm. While winning the Summer League is, well...'meh', it will be a chance to see if out friend Jonathon Simmons has refined his game. Hopefully the Spurs can groom him into a suitable player in place of or alongside Manu.
Getting the Number One draft pick doesn't mean a title for that team -- unless that team is the Spurs
Since 1986 only two players have been drafted #1 overall in the NBA and won a title with the team that drafted them. Those players: David Robinson and Tim Duncan.