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Tim Duncan is the hardest name to include on this list, but we cannot ignore the fact the 34-year-old was approaching the end of his career even prior to the lockout.
Duncan is set to earn a cool $21.3 million next season, if we are lucky enough to have one. However, should the season be lost, the 14-year veteran may opt to forego the hindrance of essentially coming out of a year-long retirement.
While Duncan would love to play this season and collect his green, in addition to helping the Spurs redeem themselves after a poor postseason, he is one of the smarter players in the game. He is aware of the upward battle he will face coming off a year-long hiatus, and it may be a battle he no longer needs to fight.
As one of the most effective and refined big men to ever play the game, we would certainly welcome a resolution to this lockout so that we may watch Duncan return to the hardwood.
That doesn't seem too promising from where we are currently standing, though.
Duncan has won championships along with the hearts of millions, and at this stage of the game, that may be enough for him to walk away without any regrets or sense of unfulfilled purpose.
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