Luke Walton Considering Retirement

January 12 2013 at 12:58pm CST By Zach Links

Luke Walton is set to face off against his former team when his Cavs take on the Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday night.  As he returns to his first NBA home arena, Walton tells Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports that he may call it quits at the end of the year.

If my back feels good, I want to keep playing,” said Walton. “If my back goes out again, I’ll have to re-evaluate it at the end of the season and contemplate calling it a career. But right now the back is feeling good, so I’m just kind of enjoying playing again (and) being able to play basketball without pain for the first time in a long time.

Walton is seeing just 14 minutes per contest for the Cavs this season and averaging 2.7 PPG.  The Arizona product saw his minutes fluctuate in Los Angeles, but he was a key role player at times and put up 11.4 PPG in 33 minutes a night in 2006/07. 

The forward is earning $6.091MM this year in the final season of a six-year, $30MM contract. 

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