Ben Wallace hints at retirement

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Ben Wallace said he is thinking about retirement, ESPN reported.

Ben Wallace“I’m going to sit down and talk with my family, weigh my options and come up with a decision,” the 34-year-old Wallace said after Cleveland’s 103-90 loss. “Nothing’s definite, but there’s a strong possibility that this was my last season.”

Wallace has one year and $14 million left on his contract but he said money is not going to be a factor in his decision. His declining health is the main reason. Wallace missed 25 games due to injury this season, sitting out with a right forearm laceration, a fractured right fibula, a bruised left knee and a strained left patella tendon.

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“It’s tough being on the sidelines when you’re banged up,” he said. “Then you’ve got to put in all that work to get back in the rotation. It’s becoming a young man’s game.”

Wallace will seek a buyout with the Cavaliers, but if that doesn’t work, that will not change his mind.

“I think I deserve [a buyout],” Wallace said. “But if I don’t get one and I’ve just got to give it up, that’s what I’ll do.”

Wallace averaged 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks for his career, including a career-high 15.4 rebounds in 2002-03. Wallace averaged just 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for the Cavs this season. Coming off the bench against the Magic, he averaged 2.7 rebounds in 12 minutes this series.

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