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Maggette's career down to Spurs or retirement

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07:24 AM ET 10.14 | For Corey Maggette, the end is near -- and he knows it. When general manager R.C. Buford called [Maggette] in September with an invitation to join the Spurs at training camp, the veteran small forward had a compelling reason to say yes. Namely, he had no other NBA offers. "It was either this or I was going to retire," Maggette said. Two games into his 15th NBA preseason, life is still that black and white for Maggette. Either he will make the Spurs, claiming for himself the 15th and final roster spot as a backup to emerging star Kawhi Leonard, or he will call it a career. "I'm either going to play, or I'm not," Maggette said. "And if not, I'll be done." That isn't a threat. It's simply reality for a player less than a month from turning 34 and on the back nine of his career.

San Antonio Express-News

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October 14, 2013  07:27 AM ET

Happy Thanksgiving day to all our Canadian cousins ...

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October 14, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Spurs shouldn't even give him a chance. All he did was play 10% of his career.

October 14, 2013  09:09 AM ET

The End, Bro.

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October 14, 2013  09:59 AM ET

"I'm either going to play, or I'm not," Maggette said. "And if not, I'll be done."

So, where's the story???

October 14, 2013  11:54 AM ET

As mentioned in the article, he has no other NBA offers, so yeah, he is close to the end. If he can play defense and learn the Spurs system, he has a chance.

October 14, 2013  12:17 PM ET

I vote retirement.

October 14, 2013  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

As mentioned in the article, he has no other NBA offers, so yeah, he is close to the end. If he can play defense and learn the Spurs system, he has a chance.

He can't play defense from the IR... Why waste a roster space?

October 14, 2013  02:41 PM ET

I don't like the fit between Pol's offense and Maggette's game. As a Sure fan I hope he doesn't make the team.

 
October 15, 2013  01:08 PM ET

If he took care of his money I don't see a downside. I can't believe any of these guys really believing that they'll be running up and down the court all of the life. And they haven't taken the time to think about life after basketball and save their money the they deserve what they get. Be smart, enjoy Life I say. Hope Corey turns out to be one of the smart ones. Not crazy about many of the Duke players, but he is one of the better ones.

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