After a great regular season run, and another disappointing first-round playoff exit, the San Antonio Spurs expects some roster changes heading into the next season.
McDyess has played 15 seasons in the NBA, two with the Spurs.
Tim Griffin of Spurs Nation shares this report of McDyess possible retirement at the end of this season.
“Antonio McDyess is probably leaning towards retirement, from what he said. We’re not going to fight him,” Popovich said. “He’s going to make his own decision. If he does retire, as much as a player, we would miss him more as a person.
“He’s one of the finest human beings I’ve ever been associated with. He commands huge, huge buckets of respect from his teammates, just from the way he conducts himself. He’s just a wonderful man. So if he does retire, we’ll really miss him in that leadership role.”
Tim Duncan is also a question mark, particularly if there should be an extended work stoppage with the lockout. But Popovich said he expects Duncan will be back. Another factor is that Duncan will be in line for the biggest annual salary of his career at $21 million next year.
“I don’t see why he wouldn’t,” Popovich said. “I haven’t talked to him about the next few years or what he plans on doing.”
McDyess has provided solid productions in his two seasons with the Spurs. In 77 games during the 2009-10 season including 50 starts, he averaged 5.8 points and 5.9 rebounds on 47.9 shooting from the floor in 21 minutes per game.
This season, McDyess averaged 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds on 49.1 percent shooting from the field in 73 regular season games. In the playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies, he averaged 5.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in six games and was the primary defender against Memphis big man Zach Randolph and did a decent job at it.
More than his solid production on the floor and veteran locker room presence for the Spurs, I believe McDyess will be missed more as a person and as a friend.
He is one player the NBA can be proud of on and off the court, it’s such a shame that he might end his memorable career without winning an NBA title. He is one guy who played his hardest and gave his all to help his team get a win.
However, the main reason behind McDyess’ decision could be age. He is now 36 and will turn 37 this coming September.
What do you guys think? Should McDyess retire next season or should he return at least one more season with the Spurs?