Feb 3, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: George Karl says Tim Duncan may be retiring after 2014 season (Video)

The career of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan is going to come to an end at some point, but that point may be sooner than we expected. Duncan, who is hardly the bottle of champagne on a yacht or mismatched plaid with hipsters glasses type of player, may be retiring quietly after this current season, at least according to whispers former head coach George Karl has been hearing.

Per a ESPN segment that Karl did, he noted that he’d been hearing whispers over the weekend that Duncan may retire, which he stated made him a little sad to hear.

“Over the weekend, that was the whispers that I got,” Karl said. “I got a couple phone calls — one from San Antonio that said Tim Duncan’s thinking like this is gonna be his last year. He’s the most fundamental big guy in the history of the NBA, and his leaving would make me very, very sad.”

Here’s the video:

If Duncan does retire, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him just hang it up rather than play another season just for farewell attention.

He may not be retiring, but Karl’s little blurb at the very least reminds us that at some point over the next five years, Duncan will call it a career — and what a career it will have been.

[H/T: The BigLead]

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