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Shane Battier has one more year on contract then may retire

Jun 11, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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At age 34, Shane Battier has had a good NBA career — 12 seasons, one NBA championship (at least), he was the college player of the year, and he’s made a little more than $53 million.

He has one more year left on his contract and he told Sam Amick of the USA Today that after next season he might hang up his sneakers and just stay home and make gnocchi.

“I think I have one more year,” Battier told USA TODAY Sports. “My contract is up next year, and I’ll reassess where I am, but we’ll see. It’s a good possibility, a good possibility. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, and everything in this league is negotiable, but at that point I’ll be 36 and it may be time to do something else.”

Battier has been the kind of veteran the Spurs have needed the last two seasons — he’s become a “3 and D” guy but he’s done it well, played smart and provided a lot of value. But against the Pacers he lost his starting job and by the end wasn’t getting in the game save for garbage time. Same for the Finals.

After he retires, it’s not hard to picture him transitioning into broadcasting. Or really a host of other careers, he’s one of the smarter and more personable players in the league. Those of us looking for insights after games will miss him.

  1. zerole00 - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    “Battier has been the kind of veteran the Spurs have needed the last two seasons”

    lol

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Is the title supposed to make sense?

  3. grizzle8982 - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I hated him growing up but now that he’s in Miami he’s ok. Fearce competitor, never quits and is for the team. What else would you want?

  4. nbascreed - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    No. Clearly you are new to this blog…

  5. sportsguy88 - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Haha the title and that one quote someone else pointed out are funny. I find it really annoying how every author on this site has to give their “analysis” in the final paragraph of each story.

  6. jayrandle - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Maybe Battier can replace Bill Simmons on the ESPN/ABC Basketball studio guys.
    As long as anybody replace Bill Simmons…
    He constantly interrupts whomever talking to hear himself talk and He never allows the others…
    Mike, Jalen, & Magic to fully express themselves.
    He is annoying to listen to…and he the least knowledgeable on basketball at the desk but always talking the most.
    So I hope to see Battier at this desk or try to get Stan Van Gundy again…now that would be exciting.

    • chicitybulls - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      They still wouldn’t be as good as the TNT guys.

  7. sportsnut101 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Bet u Jordan wished he picked Shane instead of kwame bust brown lol.

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