After this year’s playoffs, the NBA could be in a lockout. If that happens, the offseason development of the San Antonio Spurs’ young players might slow down.
During a lockout, team personnel will be forbidden from contact with players, meaning the Spurs will be forced to discontinue their work with Tiago Splitter, James Anderson and Gary Neal until league and union lawyers are done negotiating.
Longer tenured players like George Hill and DeJuan Blair will have to develop on their own too.
But there is more to it.
Tim Duncan is due for a big payday next season worth $21.2 million and no player in NBA stands to lose more money than him during a potential lockout.
Duncan just turned 35 and is coming off career-low numbers during the regular season and the playoffs. In 76 regular season games, Duncan averaged a pedestrian 13.4 points and 8.9 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game.
In six post season games, he averaged 12.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 35 minutes of playing time.
However, despite producing career-low numbers, Duncan remains a vital piece of the Spurs franchise and could help the team with their financial situation.
This summer, Duncan could exercise his early-termination option and sign a longer-term deal for less money to give the Spurs more financial flexibility.
If Duncan does this, he could help the team on their short and long-term plans. But how about his own financial security?
With all things considered, should Duncan think about exercising his ETO? Send your thoughts.