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Report: Jermaine O’Neal mulling retirement

May 5, 2014, 11:54 AM EDT

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Who would have thought Jermaine O’Neal would be starting playoff games in 2014?

With Andrew Bogut injured, the Warriors initially started O’Neal before turning to Draymond Green in their first-round loss to the Clippers. That followed a strong regular season, in which O’Neal averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game.

That success leaves O’Neal, 35, options for his future.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

I believe basketball and family are both important to O’Neal, but other factors likely also play a role – especially money and health.

At minimum, O’Neal would make $1,448,490 next season. Once he retires, he’ll never have that high a salary again. O’Neal better be certain before passing up that type of money.

O’Neal will turn 36 before next season, and he should also consider his health. In the last four years, he’s played just 44, 55, 25 and 24 games. Glen Davis nearly ended his career last week. If he plays, he’ll almost certainly hold a limited role, so that should help at least.

If O’Neal decides to play, he’ll be a free agent. Whether he returns to the Warriors might depend on their coach next season, but other suitors should arise.

First, he must decide on retirement.

  1. duhwighthoward - May 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Please don’t retire. Come to the Lakers. You will be the best big, maybe even the best player on the team!

    • ranfan12 - May 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM


  2. robforman - May 5, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    O’Neal has made over $160,000,000 over his career. I’m sure his family won’t starve if he leaves the veteran’s minimum on the table and chooses retirement.

    • joshm5683 - May 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Unfortunately that should be the case………..but we all know how some of these athletes and money work…………..

      • ranfan12 - May 5, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        I’d be willing to stack up the wealth if someone wanted to pay for my services still lol. Hard to give up things when you still get good pay from it

  3. ranfan12 - May 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    retire with the pacers!

  4. csbanter - May 5, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    His only value is going to a playoff team, if its not one of the team’s playing in this year NBA finals, he should call it a career.

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