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Anthony Parker Announces Retirement

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker announced his retirement from the NBA.

Feb 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker (18) reacts after missing a last-second shot against the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker (18) reacts after missing a last-second shot against the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

On Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker announced his retirement from the NBA. Parker played nine seasons in the league, three of which came with the Cavaliers and averaged 7.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 51 games with the team last year.

The move was no real surprise as his contract was up at the end of the 2011-12 season and the 37-year old veteran wasn't getting any younger.

Via CBS Cleveland:

"I wanted to make that decision after the season and make sure that is what I wanted to do,"Parker said in an email. "I'm at peace with it and excited for whatever the future has for me."

Parker was a first-round draft selection in 1997 and played with the New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors.

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