Posted October 15, 2013

Spurs release Corey Maggette; retirement next?

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Corey Maggette

Corey Maggette may retire after being released by the Spurs. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)

The Spurs announced Tuesday the release of Corey Maggette, a move the veteran forward recently said would lead him to retire after 14 years in the NBA.

Maggette, 33, signed a training camp deal with San Antonio in September after bouncing around the league in recent years. The 1999 lottery pick was attempting to find a roster spot backing up Kawhi Leonard on the wing, the same spot held by Stephen Jackson and Tracy McGrady last season.

With Leonard, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Marco Belinelli making up a deep and talented wing corps, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich apparently decided there was no room for Maggette, who averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game during the preseason.

Maggette told the San Antonio Express-News earlier this month that he would retire if he didn’t make the cut with the Western Conference champions.

“It was either this or I was going to retire,” Maggette told the paper. “I’m either going to play, or I’m not. And if not, I’ll be done.”

The Duke product has played for the Warriors, Bucks, Bobcats and Pistons since 2010, and his production and playing time have quickly waned since his best years with the Clippers and Warriors. Once an aggressive scorer capable of averaging 20+ points per game whose attacking style regularly kept him among the league’s leaders in free throw attempts, Maggette has been reduced to a trade chip in recent years, as his eight-figure contract was passed around in cap-clearing maneuvers. The Pistons opted not to re-sign Maggette after the final season of a five-year, $50 million deal signed in 2008 expired this summer.

Maggette holds career averages of 16 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists and will reportedly pursue an NBA front-office career. Since being drafted by the Magic, Maggette has earned more than $89 million in salary.

8 comments
GOSFIELD
GOSFIELD

if the guy has managed  his money appropriately, he's set  for the rest of his life. This is not the college rah! rah! game. This is big bottom line business - nothing more, nothing less. Produce or disappear.

JeffreyGower
JeffreyGower

Magette is among the top of the all-time NBA list for most salary drawn vs, least results

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

leaving Duke early sure worked out well, didn't it.....?


NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

Hope your passport is up to date Corey because your NBA days are done. If only he would have put in the effort to match his talent. What could have been.....

TimGrisham
TimGrisham

@EdEsposito1 If there is sarcasm there, maybe I didn't see it.  You must have missed that last sentence where it says he made $89 million in salary during his career..  If that's failure at 33 years old, I'll take that.

jarrodclayton
jarrodclayton

@TimGrisham @EdEsposito1 I think Ed is saying more time at Duke would've made him a better basketball player - as opposed to being a 33 year old retiree.  He was certainly a financial success, but a basketball afterthought.

ToddG
ToddG

@jarrodclayton @TimGrisham @EdEsposito1 Not sure if you have followed the NBA success of most Duke players but not too many of them have had long lasting careers....Maggette was one of the few that actually played well enough to stick around as long as he did