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Report: Corey Maggette will retire if he doesn’t make Spurs roster

Oct 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Corey Maggette AP

Corey Maggette has played 14 NBA seasons, and has been known throughout his career as a talented offensive player with an above average ability to get to the free throw line.

After a frustrating year in Detroit, Maggette received a training camp invite from the Spurs, though with the team already committed to 14 guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season, he knew going in that making the team might be a bit of a challenge.

It hasn’t yet been decided whether or not Maggette will remain on the roster, but if the Spurs should choose to go in a different direction, it doesn’t appear as though Maggette will be petitioning other teams to give him a shot.

From Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:

Corey Maggette says he will retire if he doesn’t make Spurs.

Maggette also said he knew the deal coming in to camp. Knows it will be uphill battle. Had no other offers, thought he’d take a stab.

Corey Maggette: “If I could get an opportunity here, it would be great. If not, this game has been good to me.”

The remarks are interesting considering that Maggtte is technically still in the running for a spot, and Spurs management might wonder if this is a sign Maggette isn’t fully committed mentally to going through the grind of a 15th professional season.

  1. antistratfordian - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    He is an offensive player that shot 37% combined the last two seasons. That is sure to scare suitors away.

  2. broncosroe - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I remember being a young teenager and watching him play at duke. He was a star in the making, he left school too early. That was one LOADED Duke team!

  3. roanboon - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    37% should be plenty low enough to replace Ellis and Jennings in Milwaukee.

  4. 00maltliquor - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    I always loved Corey Maggette. I really hope he makes the Spurs roster and becomes a regular contributor. I’m not ready to see him walk off into the sunset just yet.

  5. mackcarrington - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    How much of a “grind” would it be sitting on the bench and banking a few hundred thousand dollars?
    But seriously, other than thinking he was better than he was, he seems like a good dude.

  6. grumpyoleman - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    He should have fresh legs based on last years playing time with the pistons

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