Steve, I'm really surprised to see this from you. Does he have any real trade value at this point in his career? Don't the Spurs owe it to him to treat him with some respect after all he's done for the franchise? He's been one of the classiest, best players, and the face of the franchise for a long time. Yes. Duncan should be a Spur for life. The way I've seen most franchises handle this is to play him until they think they no longer can and then at the end of his contract try to "counsel him out." It then becomes up to the player to decide whether they think they can play for someone else another year or two. I can't see the Spurs trading Duncan unless it was a situation like Malone where he went to the Lakers to win a title (Duncan already has plenty of titles). And even in that case I don't remember whether he was traded or was a free agent. Either way, Duncan is the Spurs and the Spurs are Duncan. There can be no trading him.