Tim Duncan.

Report: Tim Duncan "leaning strongly" towards announcing his retirement

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The San Antonio Spurs were always heading into this summer with uncertainty over the futures of their veterans Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan.

After losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semi-finals, both players went away to consider whether to continue playing for another year or finally call time on their illustrious careers.

Shooting guard Ginobili finally confirmed recently that he will not be retiring and intends to play on for at least another season, and it now appears that Duncan is close to making a decision of his own too.

However, he is not expected to follow in the footsteps of the Argentinian as according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, he is "strongly leaning" towards retirement.

Per Wojnarowski, the 40-year-old has left team officials, close associates and friends with a strong belief he's preparing to make an announcement in the near future on his departure.

That would bring to an end a remarkable 19-year career in the league for the best power forward of all-time and a surefire future Hall of Famer.

Despite a franchise-best 67 wins, the Spurs didn't have a huge amount of production from Timmy, who was happy to allow Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to carry much of the load offensively for the team.

In 61 games, he averaged a career-low 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in the regular season this year, but it was in the playoffs where he struggled the most, averaging just five points and 5.3 rebounds in 20.6 minutes of action.

The Big Fundamental became a non-factor for the Spurs in the series loss against OKC and even went scoreless in a playoff game for the first time in his career in a game four loss at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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But this certainly isn't what the big man will be remembered for. He has enjoyed 19 years in the league that any player would be proud of, having accomplished almost every major honour in the game.

Among his many achievements, Duncan is a five-time champion, two-time MVP, three-time Finals MVP and 15-time All-Star.

San Antonio drafted him with the number one overall pick in 1997 from Wake Forest and immediately paired him in their frontcourt with David Robinson. The duo won a championship together in Duncan's second year in the league.

He has been a mainstay of the Spurs team since then and has created a real stability with head coach Gregg Popovich, Ginobili and point guard Tony Parker.

For his career, the power forward has averaged 19 points and 10.8 rebounds and will be remembered for being one of the best post players to ever step on the hardwood.

If he does indeed confirm his retirement in the near future, we can expect to see an amazing tribute put together by the Spurs franchise at the start of the next campaign to honour a true legend of the sport.

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