Anthony Parker Announces Retirement

At the age of 37, Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker has announced his retirement from the NBA. The Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer reported the news earlier this afternoon:

“I wanted to make that decision after the season and make sure that is what I wanted to do,” he said in an email. “I’m at peace with it and excited for whatever the future has for me.”

He played nine seasons in the league, along with several years internationally, after being a first-round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets in 1997. He was a star in Israel before returning back to the league in signing with the Toronto Raptors in 2006.

Parker then played the last three seasons with the Cavs after signing a free agent contract in the summer of 2009. His contract expired after this past season, and reports were already stating that he was unlikely to return to the team and likely to retire. In 204 games (197 starts) with Cleveland, he averaged 7.7 points in 27.7 minutes per game, along with 41.9% field goal shooting and 39% from threes.

The Bradley University product said to the PD that he’d like to remain connected to the league in some form, either in a front office or in broadcasting.

  • Breakfast

    1. I wonder how effective Anthony Parker would be as a front office individual for the Cavs if the opportunity presents itself?

    2. I wonder if the Cavs will retire his number?

    Nonetheless, thank you for your services as a Cavs player, Anthony Parker. Good luck with your future. 🙂

  • BA

    Retire his number? That is a joke right?

  • Jimbo

    Maybe we can bring in Candace Parker to replace him? She’s putting up some solid numbers for the Sparks this year.

  • Chris Gillespie

    I’ve always admired AP for his basketball smarts and work ethic, but he should’ve hung up the shoes years ago. His last few years were painful to watch as a Cavs fan.

  • Jimbo

    I’m sure that it isn’t

  • mgbode

    i would like to take a moment here to announce my retirement from the NBA. I, like Anthony Parker, have zero interest from any NBA team in signing me.

    seriously though, good luck to the man in his post-playing career.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I thought he retired two years ago the way he played but in any event that’s one SG down one more to go Daniel Gibson. I’m sorry I had to laugh at retiring his number, that was funny.

  • seetown

    idk why he is retiring. kids a stud and hes hung like a horse I hear. dude should be a player/coach at this point. remember when he used to draw up those plays for lebron back in the mike brown era, a true teacher of the game!!

  • Anthony thank you for being 1st class with the Cavs. Good luck in the future, I think you would make a good coach someday.