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Duncan's retirement the latest in a summer full of goodbyes

Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

Players synonymous with their cities and their franchises are now gone in a summer of upheaval the NBA has rarely seen before, and the teams left behind begin their searches for new identities after saying the hardest of goodbyes.

"You never would've been able to convince me a couple years back that Wade wouldn't finish his career in Miami or Durant would have moved on in his prime from that great Oklahoma City team, or Rose after his MVP year, four years later he's not in Chicago anymore," ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said. "It just shows you. It's a hard league. It's hard...

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