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Spurs waive Antonio McDyess, who plans to retire

Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:11 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 5:13 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliverantonio-mcdyess

One of the NBA's oldest players is done in San Antonio.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the Spurs officially waived veteran forward Antonio McDyess and avoided guaranteeing the rest of his 2011-2012 contract on Monday.
The Spurs had until the end of business Monday to guarantee the other half of veteran big man Antonio McDyess’ $5.2 million contract, but they won’t drag the process to the end of the day. The teams acknowledged that McDyess won’t be back, and the club will get to remove $2.6 million, the non=guaranteed portion of his contract, off its player payroll for the 2011-12 season.

“This was not at all how I wanted it to end, but signing here was one of the best things I did in my career,” he said then. “I wouldn’t trade these two years for the world, one of the greatest times of my whole career. I just wish we would have gone farther.”
The paper reports that McDyess announced after the 2011 playoffs that he planned to retire.  

McDyess, 37, was a 15-year NBA veteran who played for the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons prior to joining the Spurs in 2009-2010. Once a premier athlete and 20-points, 10-rebound producer, McDyess transitioned smoothly into a savvy veteran role as knee injuries and age caught up with him. For his career, McDyess posted career averages of 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in 1,015 appearances.

His departure leaves San Antonio short-handed in the frontcourt. In addition to perennial All-Star Tim Duncan, who is 35-years-old and in the final year of his contract, San Antonio's frontline rotation is expected to include 3-point specialist Matt Bonner and relatively untested Brazilian big man Tiago Splitter
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Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:06 am
 

Spurs waive Antonio McDyess, who plans to retire

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Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Spurs waive Antonio McDyess, who plans to retire

If he hadn't had that 1st major kneee injury.... He was sick his first couple of years in Denver with that 42" vertical, he could dunk on anyone, plus he always had that great jump shot.



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Spurs waive Antonio McDyess, who plans to retire

I loved having him on the Pistons.  I thought when we got him that he would be a bit player at that stage, but he really produced in the
"savvy veteran role" and was so close to a championship.  I would love to have known him in person and that isn't something I say about most athletes.


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Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:07 pm
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Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Spurs waive Antonio McDyess, who plans to retire

McDyess epitomized class over his 15 year career. A pro's pro, one of the nicest guys you ever hope to meet.  



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Spurs waive Antonio McDyess, who plans to retire

Mad respect. Solid player and even an all star



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Spurs waive Antonio McDyess, who plans to retire

What a BUM...set the knicks back years because he was made of glass.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Spurs waive Antonio McDyess, who plans to retire

I thought this cat was done after he missed the 02-03 season entirely, but he found a way to persevere and stick around almost another 10 years. He was a true pro, accepting whatever role was asked of him, and I respect that.



Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Spurs waive Antonio McDyess, who plans to retire

McDyess was an outstanding player at Alabama, and I guessed he would have a decent NBA career. After all his years, and contributions, he can retire with his head held high.


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