No. 1 draft pick Tim Duncan signed with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, setting the stage for him to play alongside center David Robinson in the upcoming season.
The Spurs would not disclose terms of the deal, but under league rules his three-year contract is worth slightly more than $10 million. He becomes a free agent after three years.
San Antonio used the top pick in the NBA draft in June to select Duncan, a center from Wake Forest and the consensus player of the year. He was twice a first-team All-American and averaged 20.8 points, a national-best 14.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game his senior year.
The team envisions the 6-foot-10-inch Duncan as part of a powerful front line featuring 7-foot-1 Robinson, a seven-time All-Star whom the Spurs drafted in 1987, the last time San Antonio had the top pick.