Corey Maggette To Retire If Waived

October 13 2013 at 5:44pm CST By Chuck Myron

Corey Maggette is with the Spurs on a non-guaranteed camp deal, trying for what appears to be one open roster spot. If he doesn’t make it, his NBA career will end with this preseason, as he says he will retire if the Spurs cut him, tweets Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News.

“If I could get an opportunity here, it would be great. If not, this game has been good to me,” Maggette said, according to McDonald (on Twitter).

Maggette says the Spurs were the only club to offer him a deal, and he acknowledged that his chances of making the opening night roster are slim, McDonald tweets. San Antonio has 19 players in camp and 14 of them are on fully guaranteed deals, leaving Maggette to battle Marcus CousinCourtney FellsMyck Kabongo, and Daniel Nwaelele for the final spot, providing the Spurs elect to carry a full complement of 15 players.

Maggette has made more than $89MM in his career, according to Basketball-Reference, and even if he makes the Spurs, he wouldn’t add much to that on his minimum salary deal this season. The 33-year-old had considered retiring after last season to pursue a front office job, but he decided to make one more attempt at continuing his playing career. It appeared last spring that the Pistons, the team with which he spent 2012/13, had interest in bringing him back, but no deal with Detroit ever materialized.

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