If the San Antonio Spurs win the Championship: Going out on top?
The San Antonio Spurs know that if there is any team in the league that has a limited window, its them. For veterans such as Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli this may be their last chance to grab another championship. Any of these 3 could potentially call it a career after the season. If the San Antonio Spurs are able to win the NBA Championship, Tim Duncan could see his 5th ring as a signal for him to go out on top.
While it is totally possibly that Duncan, as well as Parker and/or Ginobli could return, it is within reason they could walk away. The Spurs return majority of their team next year, and have a flexible cap situation. A team being looked at as a potential dynasty, they would be able to have their pick of free agents to add to emerging stars Kawhi Leonard Danny Green and Tiago Splitter.
The biggest winner of another championship may be coach Gregg Popovich. Winning a 5th championship would put him instantly into the conversation of the best coaches of all time, regardless the sport. It would prove that all of the unconventional decisions and all that is "Pop" would be justified.
If the Spurs are able to win the Finals, this may be a period to simply take a step back and appreciate the chance to experience greatness.
If the San Antonio Spurs lose in the NBA Finals: Back to Business.
If the Spurs fail to defeat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, it would be hard to expect any of their big 3 to walk away. The only players who are at risk to not return next year are Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner, and Patty Mills. All 3 players could be easily replaced with the cap flexibility the Spurs are currently in.
One would think it would be back to the drawing board in order for them to once again represent the Western Conference for a chance at a 5th ring. The Spurs would hear nothing but how they are too old, and how their window has now closed. All that would serve for is motivation for them to come back better than ever next season. San Antonio could go into the offseason on a mission to go all in for one last title run before walking away. By the time the 2014-15 season rolls around, the Spurs could come on the court knowing its finals or bust, and it could also be their last year together.