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.