Antonio McDyess’ retirement decision: To be continued

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It’s not quite last year’s Decision, is it?

Right about the time the Collective Bargaining Agreement expired and free agency was supposed to begin, Antonio McDyess’ contract had a deadline. If he had not retired and been waived by the Spurs, he was set to receive his full $5.2 million salary for the 2011-12 season. If he had chosen to retire, the Spurs were going to waive him and give him a nice, $2.5 million gift.

But with the NBA locking out the players and no clear picture as to when next season will actually start, McDyess and the Spurs agreed (before the lockout) to extend the deadline to decide what to do with McDyess’ contract. The new deadline to decide Dice and the Spurs’ future plans is now the first day of free agency. I’m assuming the end of the first day, I doubt both sides would pick a random time in the afternoon for a deadline.

Free agency won’t start until the new CBA is agreed upon and signed by both the NBA owners and the players union. So this gives Dice ample time to rest his 36-year-old body and figure how much more punishment it could take. Truthfully, when he got elbowed in the back of the head against Memphis in the playoffs it looked like he deicded he was done right then and there, but here we are.

If the NBA season is shortened, like in 1999 when the Spurs won their first title, I would expect a high probability of McDyess returning for his 15th season. That, I believe, is the point of this delay, to see how long next season actually is. If it’s a short season Dice’s body should be able to stand up to the wear and tear.

With the Spurs salary cap situation this summer, and no certainty to what it will look like when the CBA finished, Dice returning for another season could be a blessing for the Spurs. Even if McDyess retires and his cap hit is limited to $2.5 million, the Spurs will still be over the salary cap. The only new big men the Spurs would be able to bring in would have to sign for a minimum contract or be acquired through sign-and-trade.

It’s hard to say if either route could bring in a big with the same (or better) quality as McDyess. Not to mention the influence he has and respect he commands in the locker room. With the average age of the Spurs (sans Dice) at 26.4, San Antonio is becoming a younger team. Take out Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili from that equation and it’s even younger.

The Spurs have limited options for adding to the big man rotation next season. While there are some players out there who may come cheap (Please, oh please bring in Kyrylo Fesenko), San Antonio has a player who’s already mastered the corporate knowledge part of the job in Antonio McDyess. It’s up to him to wait out the work stoppage and decide if he wants to take one more shot at a title.

  • ZeusVizzle

    There is no spam here amongst the legion of Spurs followers. All sites should be given the same attention, especially during this time of immense boredom caused by the lockout situ. But my duty has been done, which is to cause discussion on this blog; however, I was hoping for talk related to potential trades and next season’s predictions rather than my annoying attempt to getting attention to non-existent Spurs news. Forgive me if I have offended the powers that be on this site.

    Sad face. :(.

  • DorieStreet

    I find it helpful during offseason when Spurs fans comment on players in the league or playing internationally that they feel can help the team. Some guys/gals are basketball week in-week out (playing, watching, reading) so they are more in tune to what’s happening–looking at video, running down reports/rumors, etc. I appreciate the links to different sites & stories.

    Despite the lockout, we Spurs fans know the franchise is embarking on a new era over the next 2-3 seasons. Everyone is just thinking ahead, wondering about the recent picks and possible future additions that can keep the team on top in the NBA.

  • Sam
  • Titletown99030507d

    As long as he doesn’t disappear in the playoffs I’m all for it.

  • Titletown99030507d

    It’s starting to get ugly. The players are calling the ownership bluff right about now with all the hype of the Euro and Asian teams waiting in line to pass out money. This could very well be the year the rest of the world steal our players. The ownership are sweating bullets and playing hard ball and that is only going to escalate the stance. What we’ll see is NBA players in droves flocking to Europe and Asia. Hope they broadcast. Yeah pay per view what a concept. They will make out like a bandit.

  • Jasonmartype

    How big of a chance that Ryan Richards will play for the Spurs this season ? ..

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