Anthony Parker, the nine-year veteran who mentored Kyrie Irving last year on the Cleveland Cavaliers, is retiring from the NBA. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Anthony Parker, the nine-year veteran guard who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and served as a mentor to Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, is retiring from the NBA, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer:
"I wanted to make that decision after the season and make sure that is what I wanted to do," he said in an email. "I'm at peace with it and excited for whatever the future has for me."
According to the report, Parker's next move is to look for front-office roles or an opportunity as a broadcaster.
Parker had perhaps his best season in 2007-08 when he started all 82 games for the Toronto Raptors, averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, one steal and shot nearly 44 percent from the three when Chris Bosh was the face of the franchise. Last season for the Cavs, he played 25 minutes per game, averaging 7.1 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Parker was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the No. 21 overall in the 1997 NBA Draft. Over the course of his career, he played for Philadelphia, Orlando, Toronto and Cleveland with a brief stint in Israel playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv. The No. 18 he wore last season for the Cavs came from his time in Israel when he decided to use the number because of its religious symbol of life and success.