Antonio McDyess to retire; Spurs front line very thin

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After the playoffs, Antonio McDyess sounded like a guy ready to retire.

After the lockout there was the thought he might be willing and able to give it a go in the shortened season, but that is not going to happen, reports Mike Monroe of the Express-News.

The team 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.

McDyess had a 15-year NBA career that included an All-Star Game (2001), making the All-NBA team (1999) and a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics. Plus, there was the $113 million in salary, which doesn’t suck. Quality career for a quality big man.

But his departure leaves the Spurs even thinner up front — and they already looked like Kate Moss up there. Tiago Splitter is going to have to take a step forward for the Spurs this season and he will be key to their playoff run in a West loaded with teams who are deep along the front line (Lakers, Grizzlies are the primary concerns).