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Shane Battier understands this could be his last NBA season

Sep 10, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

Miami Heat's Shane Battier screams after scoring against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida Reuters

Shane Battier is 35 years old. And in the last year of his contract. And went through a terrible shooting slump (5-of-31) through the playoffs and NBA Finals last season that saw his role shrink (although he exploded for six threes in the Heat’s Game 7 win).

Combined, those are all signs that retirement is around the corner. This could well be his last NBA season.

As you would expect, Battier is taking a measured approach to it, something he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. He might still play in 2014, in Miami or elsewhere if a contract is offered, but if not he is ready to move on.

“I’m realistic to where I am at this point in my life,” he said… “I’d like to finish my contract strong with the Miami Heat, and then we’ll see where we go….

“This door is always open,” he said. “This is not a farewell tour, no. But if it is, it is. And I’ll enjoy this year and try to make the most of it.”

It is possible that next summer, as a free agent, Miami or some other contending team looking for a veteran “3 and D” guy could offer Battier a one year minimum contract. It’s going to depend on how he performs this season.

Battier is self aware enough to know one way or another his time in the league is winding down. And he’s going to try and savor it.

  1. kingwithringz - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. eagles512 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Just don’t go into tv-he was terrible

    • beach305 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      I agree, that NBA draft night was horrible and I’m a Heat fan.

  3. robigd - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Good. There is nothing worse than watching a garbage role player with bad knees get hot against your team in the finals for a game and absolutely stink it up the rest of the year. Good riddance old man.

    • miamatt - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Shane Battier made more regular season threes than Ray Allen in 2012-2013. Most people only paid attention to his slump in the postseason. But when he is making the 3-point shot and you add in his defense, hustle, and basketball intelligence….

      I mean, “garbage role player”? I don’t think you understand what “garbage”, “role”, or “player” mean.

  4. basedrum777 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    So just so we’re clear there is no news here. None at all.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    If the Heat stick with small ball, Battier has another tough season ahead. Everybody said that LeBron was playing the 4 (power forward) but really Battier spent most of the time guarding the second biggest guys in the post. He looked exhausted halfway through the first quarter of every Heat game taking on those PFs. Point is, a couple seasons like that can really take a lot out of a 35 year old guy. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him retire after this season.

  6. sportsfan18 - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    After this upcoming season, he’ll have earned over $56.5 million dollars… He’ll have won championships and had success in his career. He’s smarter than the average pro athlete so I don’t expect him to hang on for a paycheck…

    I think the decision about playing another yr will be based off of how well he plays this yr and how well he finishes the season…

    Shane is a good 3 point shooter. His career 3 pt percentage is .387% (FYI, Larry Bird’s career 3 pt percentage is .376%).

    Also, Shane shot .430% from 3 pt range last season… Ray Allen shot .419% for the Heat last season from 3 pt range… And each attempted a lot of three’s last season. Ray attempted 332 three pointers last yr and Shane attempted 316 three pointers last yr so it isn’t as if Shane shot well due to a small sample size…

    Obviously, the Heat (as do many other teams) like good outside shooters as it pulls the defense out and opens up the lane a bit more for slasher and those who drive to the hoop like LeBron and D. Wade…

    Shane is able to do this well and has a role on their team…

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