Tim Duncan could have easily gone out on top, with his fifth NBA championship trophy under his arm and his health intact just a few months after his 38th birthday.

There’s just no way. Duncan is having too much fun with his San Antonio Spurs coaches and teammates, and he’s playing too well to call it quits now.

Duncan will exercise the option on his contract for 2014-15 and will return next season, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.

The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

This season, Duncan averaged 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game.

He shot almost 57 percent in the NBA Finals and dismantled Heat star Chris Bosh, who grew up with a Duncan poster on his bedroom wall.


JUDGE WANTS MORE INFO ON TEAM’S SALE: In Los Angeles, a judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Shelly Sterling is trying to sell the team without the consent of her estranged husband, Donald, after doctors who examined him said he lacks the mental capacity to decide such matters.

The judge said the Sterling Family Trust does not allow the mercurial billionaire to contest medical findings that are sufficient to remove him as a trustee. But he agreed to consider arguments at a hearing June 30 before a scheduled July 7 trial.


ARTHUR, ROBINSON EXERCISE OPTIONS : In Denver, Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur and point guard Nate Robinson exercised their contract options for the upcoming season, Denver General Manager Tim Connelly said Monday.

Arthur averaged nearly six points a game for Denver last season and knocked down a career-high 24 3-pointers.

Robinson averaged 10.4 points and 2.5 assists before a knee injury on Jan. 29 ended his season.


LUE HIRED AS ASSOCIATED HEAD COACH : In Cleveland, Tyronn Lue is joining the Cavaliers as a coach after all.

Lue, who had two interviews during Cleveland’s recent coaching search but didn’t get the job, was hired as an associate head coach on new Cavs coach David Blatt’s staff.

General Manager David Griffin was impressed with Lue as he looked for a coach, and believes the former Los Angeles Clippers assistant can help the Cavs rebound from a tough season.