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Baron Davis' move to 'unspecified role' with Knicks hints at retirement

All signs point to Baron Davis playing his last NBA game. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Baron Davis will begin an 'unspecified role' with the New York Knicks organization next season, according to a report from Jared Zwerling of ESPN.com, citing a conversation with Davis' agent, Todd Ramasar:

Ramasar said Davis is very excited about the opportunity, but it won't involve a job title or him sitting on the bench during games. Instead, it will likely be more of a mentorship role behind the scenes and during practices.

[H]e'll still be around the team and could kind of help some of the younger guys just through his experience," Ramasar said.

Davis' role as a mentor can't help but suggest that his retirement is imminent.

He made a comeback from a number of knee injuries throughout his career, including one during the 2002 season that kept him out for 32 games. Davis, 33, began last season in New York with a herniated disc. His season with the Knicks came to an end in a playoff game against the Miami Heat in which he suffered a torn ACL and MCL and a partially torn patellar tendon.

At this point, as an unrestricted free agent, it's unlikely he'll return to the league next season, and an NBA comeback for Davis at any point moving forward is far from certain.
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