NBA greats Duncan and Garnett set for final season

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While it looks like Kobe Bryant will be playing at least two more seasons, the length of his $48.5 million deal, this could be the final NBA season for several of the league's stars.

That group will be headlined with certain Hall of Famers Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

Steve Nash should also be on that list while Vince Carter and Andre Miller might be playing their final years too. Ray Allen and Antawn Jamison, both free agents, might give the NBA one more whirl too.

All of that could make for a season filled with plenty of goodbyes.

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What they are saying

There was some thought that the 38-year-old Duncan wouldn't be back at all, but he came back and will earn $10.3 million. He's won five NBA titles, two MVPs, three Finals MVPs and made 14 All-Star teams.

“There was some hesitation there,” Duncan told the San Antonio Express-News. “It came down to, I'm not going to be able to do this again. So as long as I'm feeling I can (play), and I feel good about it, this is where I want to be.”

Garnett's impact has diminished

Garnett, also 38, came to the NBA straight from high school and became just the fourth guy to play 20 NBA seasons, averaging just 6.6 rebounds and 6.5 points last season for the Brooklyn Nets. He'll make $12 million this season for the team.

"I like to come in each year and assess it," Garnett said Friday at the team's annual media day. "I've always said the days when I'm not feeling basketball again, which is absurd, or when I don't have the motivation to come in here, it's time to move on. But that's not the case. I'm very much motivated. I'm looking to have a better year than last year and I'm looking to enjoy this year."

Nash says he's finished after this year

While some guys are still leaving their options open, the 40-year-old Nash has been clear this will be his final season, making $9.7 million for the Lakers.

"I think this is my last season," Nash told Sport TV in late July. "But I still love to play, practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend hopefully many many years living this life without basketball. It'll be nice to play one more year."


Miller will make $4.6 million this year for the Wizards after the team exercised its option on the backup point guard.

Vince Carter, meanwhile, signed with the Memphis Grizzlies after hitting 20,000 career points last season.

Ray Allen, meanwhile, has talked to several teams but still is reportedly also considering retiring before the season while Antawn Jamison is waiting for his right opportunity to play. He averaged less than 14 per game the past two seasons.

"I still can play," Jamison told the Sporting News. "Hopefully, that call will come, but it's my job right now to make sure I'm ready when it does call. And if it doesn't happen, I'm still going to stay in shape. It's pretty much who I am."

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