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Tim Duncan to return to San Antonio Spurs for 19th season

Tim Duncan to return to San Antonio Spurs for 19th season
San Antonio's Tim Duncan looks to pass against the Hawks in Atlanta on Oct. 17, 2013. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Tim Duncan isn't ready to retire just yet.

The low-key superstar who has led the San Antonio Spurs to five NBA titles announced Thursday that he will return next year for a 19th season, using a one-sentence text to the San Antonio Express-News:

"I'll be back on the court."

Those words should be enough to spark celebrations by Spurs fans hoping to keep together a wildly successful lineup that includes Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and is looking to add the services of highly coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.

According to the Express-News, Duncan was part of a contingent that traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday to pitch the Spurs to Aldridge.

During the trip, the report said, Duncan had a sit-down discussion with Coach Gregg Popovich, which led to the 15-time all-star's decision to return for at least another year.

Duncan, a three-time NBA Finals MVP and a two-time league MVP, has spent his entire NBA career playing for Popovich in San Antonio. He and the Spurs are just a year removed from their most recent championship run.

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