The Spurs reportedly expect to hear from Tim Duncan concerning his NBA future as soon as this weekend. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

The San Antonio Spurs figure out the direction of the franchise this weekend when Tim Duncan will decide whether he calls it quits on a legendary career.

Duncan exercised his contract option for next season earlier this summer, but doubt remained as to whether he would go for season No. 20.

Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com revealed Duncan plans to make a decision over the weekend:

The early signs haven’t been good for the Spurs, as Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical shed light on the situation on July 4:

One of the NBA’s all-time icons – San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan – is leaning strongly toward retirement, a decision that would end an illustrious 19-season NBA career, league sources told The Vertical.

Duncan has left team officials, close associates and friends with a strong belief he’s preparing to make an announcement in the near future on his departure, sources said.

Duncan, 40, averaged a respectable 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game last season on 25.2 minutes. His role already reduced, Duncan might take an even bigger backseat next year thanks to the big arrival of Pau Gasol as the Spurs look to take another shot at a championship.

The Western Conference has changed rapidly as of late with the Golden State Warriors adding Kevin Durant. San Antonio would love to have Duncan come off the bench and help play the spoiler to the favorites, but it will come down to whether he wants to play a further reduced role and if he believes the team can contend.

Either way, Duncan’s situation was wrongfully overshadowed all year long by Kobe Bryant. The NBA might have to say goodbye to another legend as early as next weekend.

Can you name every San Antonio Spurs player to win a title alongside Tim Duncan?

To be eligible, the teammate must have played on a Finals roster with Duncan.

SCORE:
0/53
TIME:
7:00
2014 - G
Tony Parker
2014 - F
Kawhi Leonard
2014 - G
Manu Ginobili
2014 - G
Patty Mills
2014 - F
Danny Green
2014 - G/F
Boris Diaw
2014 - C/F
Tiago Splitter
2014 - G/F
Marco Belinelli
2014 - C
Aron Baynes
2014 - C/F
Jeff Ayres
2014 - C/F
Matt Bonner
2014 - G
Cory Joseph
2007 - G
Tony Parker
2007 - G
Manu Ginobili
2007 - F
Bruce Bowen
2007 - C/F
Fabricio Oberto
2007 - C
Francisco Elson
2007 - G/F
Michael Finley
2007 - G/F
Brent Barry
2007 - F
Robert Horry
2007 - G
Jacque Vaughn
2007 - G
Beno Udrih
2005 - G
Manu Ginobili
2005 - G
Tony Parker
2005 - F
Robert Horry
2005 - F
Bruce Bowen
2005 - G
Beno Udrih
2005 - G
Brent Barry
2005 - C
Nazr Mohammed
2005 - G
Devin Brown
2005 - C
Rasho Nesterovic
2005 - F
Glenn Robinson
2005 - F/C
Tony Massenburg
2003 - G
Tony Parker
2003 - G
Manu Ginobili
2003 - C
David Robinson
2003 - G/F
Stephen Jackson
2003 - F
Malik Rose
2003 - G
Speedy Claxton
2003 - G
Steve Kerr
2003 - F/C
Kevin Willis
2003 - F
Danny Ferry
2003 - G
Steve Smith
1999 - C
David Robinson
1999 - G
Mario Elie
1999 - G
Steve Kerr
1999 - G
Malik Rose
1999 - G
Avery Johnson
1999 - F
Sean Elliott
1999 - G
Jaren Jackson
1999 - G
Antonio Daniels
1999 - F
Jerome Kersey
1999 - F
Gerard King

This article first appeared on The Sports Daily and was syndicated with permission.

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