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Johnny Ludden of the San Antonio Express-News reports:After vowing they would do what it takes to retain Malik Rose,one of the franchise's hardest-working and most-beloved players,the Spurs proved it Wednesday,all but finalizing an agreement that could keep the blue-collar forward in San Antonio for the next seven years.

The team also made short work in negotiating a three-year agreement with Bruce Bowen.Barring any last-minute hitches,Rose and Bowen will re-sign with the Spurs on July 16,the first day free agents can sign contracts.

Rose's contract,which will pay him about $42 million,sources said,will be one of the longest in franchise history.

Though Spurs officials cannot comment on an agreement during the NBA's two-week negotiating window,the agent for both players said he does not expect to encounter any problems that will keep Rose and Bowen from signing.

Bowen signed with the Spurs for the league minimum last season,hoping to prove himself as a full-time starter.He started 59 games at small forward - missing 13 games with a broken right middle finger - routinely frustrated many of the league's top scorers,including Vince Carter,Peja Stojakovic and Jerry Stackhouse,and made a respectable 37.8 percent of his 3-pointers.His new three-year contract is believed to be worth $11 million.

Also,Emanuel Ginobili is expected to sign for the $1.4 million exception on July 16th.
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