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Spurs’ Antonio McDyess Retires

San Antonio Spurs center Antonio McDyess will retire from the NBA after a 15-year career, according to the Express News.

McDyess indicated his plans to retire after the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies last season.

“This was not at all how I wanted it to end, but signing here was one of the best things I did in my career,” he said then. “I wouldn’t trade these two years for the world, one of the greatest times of my whole career. I just wish we would have gone farther.”

The former All-Star and Olympic gold medalist confirmed his retirement this afternoon before the Spurs would have to guarantee the second half of his $5.2 million contract.  The team will now be able to remove the $2.6 million, non-guaranteed portion of the contract, from their player payroll for the 2011-12 season.

In 1015 career games, McDyess averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.  He was the number two overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in 1995 and had stints with the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons.

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