Tim Duncan is the Granddad of the NBA. The old man has been in the league since 1997 and can boast five Championship rings won.
But it finally looks like Duncan is coming to the end of his career and enjoyed an Indian summer last season in winning another title.
And it seems that the San Antonio Spurs have their eyes on the man that they want to replace Duncan. That man is Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol.
According to reports from The New York Daily News, the Knicks plans to bring in Marc Gasol in free agency next summer may well be scuppered by the Spurs who see the Spaniard as the new Duncan.
From the NYDN"s report:
"The Knicks' main free-agent target, Marc Gasol, is also being targeted as a possible replacement to Tim Duncan assuming Ol' Man Riverwalk retires this summer. The Knicks will be players for the Memphis center mainly because of the first three rules of real estate — location, location, location — and because Gasol is familiar with both Jackson and Derek Fisher since older brother Pau spent the best years of his career with the Lakers."
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San Antonio offers everything that a smart basketball player wants in a free agency situation. They can boast a team-first attitude from all potential teammates, a plethora of gifted passers and shooters, fellow international stars for the Spaniard to eat paella with and the best coach in NBA in Gregg Popovich.
The Spurs will have a huge hole in their team when Tim Duncan eventually does hang up his jersey for the last time, but in Marc Gasol they would have a ready made replacement plug up that gap exceptionally well and keep the team as a contender.