Duncan, Popovich likely to return to Spurs next season

Reuters/The Sports Xchange

Posted at Jun 14 2014 03:35 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2014 11:35 PM

Signs point to power forward Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich returning to the San Antonio Spurs next season.

Speculation during the playoffs has centered around whether the two would be back should they win a fifth NBA title. ESPN reported that the 38-year-old Duncan has a June 24 deadline to opt in to his contract next season.

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LeBron James will not let winning or losing the NBA Finals dictate his decision on whether to opt in to the final year of his contract with the Miami Heat, according to a report.

James and the Heat are facing elimination, trailing 3-1 with the best-of-seven series returning to San Antonio for Game 5 on Sunday. No team has come back from a similar deficit in the Finals.

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Through four games, the 2014 NBA Finals are averaging 14,931,000 viewers per game, up compared to last year's Finals between the same teams, according to Nielsen.