Keyon Dooling retires despite rumors of interest in Heat

Sunday September 23rd, 2012

Keyon Dooling says he's done playing in the NBA. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

Keyon Dooling confirmed that he will "never play NBA ball again" after being waived by the Boston Celtics on Sept. 21, and dismissed reports that he is interested in playing with the Miami Heat next season, saying there is "no truth!" to the rumor and that it's "family time," according to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports.

Dooling's agent confirmed his retirement, saying the Ft. Lauderdale native wants to move on to other interests and spend more time with family:

"Keyon has decided that he has given the NBA 12 good years and that it's time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family," the statement read. "He will never forget his time with the Boston Celtics."

Tomasson points out that it's unlikely the Celtics, who traded for Dooling in December, would have waived him if there was any chance he would then follow in the footsteps of former Celtics guard Ray Allen and sign with the Heat. He had played with the Heat in 2004-05.

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