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Tim Duncan: What does it mean to the Thunder?

John Rohde Published: July 10, 2012

Throughout this offseason, we will do our best to keep up with trades and free-agent signings that could have a potential effect on the Thunder.

Today, it’s power forward Tim Duncan agreeing to a three-year, $36 million extension with the San Antonio Spurs:

What it means to the Spurs: Duncan is not the All-Star he once was, but he’s not far off, either. Some noted during the Western Conference Finals how much he had declined, yet he nearly averaged a double-double (17.0 points and 9.8 rebounds) against the Thunder. He’s Hall of Fame personified, with career averages of 20.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and four NBA titles. Had Duncan opted to play the free-agent market, I’m guessing at least half the league would have offered him $36 million for three years.

What it means to the Thunder: It means the Spurs remain among the NBA’s elite teams. Boris Diaw ($9 million for two years) and Danny Green ($11.3 million for three years) reportedly have agreed to terms and also will sign on July 11. The Thunder beating the Spurs four straight times was a superlative achievement. Disposing of San Antonio in such a manner should never be assumed. Winning the West will go through either OKC, LA (the Lakers, not Clippers) and good ‘ol San Antone.

- John Rohde