Oberto declines player option, becomes restricted free agent

Updated: June 25, 2007, 5:00 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

Fabricio Oberto, the starting center for the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, has declined a player option on his contract and will become a restricted free agent.

Fabricio Oberto

Oberto

Center
San Antonio Spurs

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2007 Season Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
79 4.4 4.7 0.9 .562 .647

Oberto had until midnight Sunday to decide whether to pick up his option for $2.5 million and he did not make his decision until the final hours.

"I don't know how this changes things at all for us," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. "We have every hope that he'll continue to be a part of our team."

Oberto, a member of the 2004 Olympic champion team from Argentina, has spent the past two seasons with the Spurs. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Spurs during the recently completed playoffs.

Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for ESPN Insider.