McDyess retires

About Antonio McDyess retiring… maybe not

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When we last saw Spurs veteran big man Antonio McDyess we were talking about how the surprising first-round ouster of the team meant he was walking away from the game with a sour taste in his mouth. But he did say, “This was my last game.”

Or not.

Turns out the two sides want to think about it some more, according to the Express-News Spurs blog.

McDyess’ contract called for him to be paid $5.2 million next season unless the Spurs waived him by midnight Thursday. The deal is partially guaranteed even if the Spurs ultimately decide to release the 36-year-old veteran of 14 NBA seasons.

With the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the players union to expire one minute after midnight Thursday, the Spurs proposed extending the deadline to the first day of the next player free agency period, whenever that may be.

McDyess and his agent, Andy Miller, agreed to the salary guarantee extension on Thursday.

The type of season might help McDyess decide. Might he balk at a full 82-game season? What about a reduced season of 50 games (like 1999), a season that was hard on veteran teams because the condensed schedule had a lot more back-to-backs and less rest?

It pretty much depends on how he feels when the owners and players union figure things out.

Spurs loss may well be Antonio McDyess’ last game ever

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All season long, Antonio McDyess has been saying this will probably be his last season.

He’s had a 15-year NBA career and will turn 37 during next season and made it clear to the News-Express after the Spurs disappointing loss to the Grizzlies that he is ready to walk away.

“This was my last game,” the 16-year veteran said. “I’m pretty definite on that. But this was not the way I wanted it to end.”

I imagine not. He gave a frank assessment of the Spurs problems but was not able to do much in this series to stop Zach Randolph and being part of only the second ever top seed to lose to an eight seed has to leave a bad taste in your mouth.

But McDyess had a very nice career. He was an All-Star (2001) and was part of the 1996 All-Rookie team. He played in Denver (where he scored 20 points a game in the lockout shortened 1999 season), Phoenix, Detroit and finished in San Antonio.

It will be a little weird not to see him on the court next season.